"Over the years, Alma Products has supplied parts to companies worldwide, including Ford, Navistar, GM, Chrysler, Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Case New Holland, AutoZone, Pep Boys, Visteon, Daikin, Valeo, Fenwick, etc.
In 1998 Alma Products Company was acquired by a private equity firm, and along with RECON and ATCO, became part of the JAAI Group of companies. In 2006 the JAAI Group became ETX.
In 2007 ETX launched a new product line: Remanufactured Automatic Transmissions. Since this launch, Alma Products Company has become a leader in the remanufactured automotive transmission industry. Alma Products supplies both heavy-duty and light-duty remanufactured transmissions to a broad range of customers.
In 2014 Alma Products Company was acquired by the Transtar Holding Company. Transtar Industries is the global leader in transmission and drivetrain-related solutions. Transtar Industries is dedicated to providing its customers with outstanding service, offering the broadest product catalog and best-in-class distribution of quality OE and aftermarket parts and premium remanufactured products."
In other words, since 1998, ALMA has gone through the holding company game of being bought and sold, reducing the costs and increasing the profit by taking the quality out of the parts, reducing R&D, and experienced management. Sounds like Franklin Power Products, the supplier of my engine, and my old friction material company, too. We had several changes, none for the better.