Katech was founded in 1977 by Fritz Kayl and Warren Frieze. The Clinton Township company provides their customers with innovative products and cutting edge technologies in the areas of engine design, prototyping, testing, R&D, manufacturing, and vehicle modifications. Katech moved to their current facility in 1986 and have expanded three times to over 30,000 square feet between three buildings.
Katech’s racing engines have won many races and championships in IROC, Trans-Am, IRL, ALMS, SCCA Pro, Grand-Am, FIA GT, including winning the NASCAR “Engine Builder of the Year” award from 1995 to 1997 and the “Global Motorsports Engine of the Year” in 2006.
Katech’s engines have also powered the famous GM Corvette Racing team which has dominated the U.S. and global GT racing circuit by capturing six championships and won the legendary 24 Hours of LeMans six times over enormous competition from Aston Martin, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, etc. Their engines have powered many champions including, A.J. Foyt, Dale Earnhart, Dale Earnhart Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Johnny O’Connell, and Ron Fellows. Their experience and knowledge gained in motorsports have allowed them to perfect their street performance product line.
The company’s Macomb County location gives them access to many area clients, including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Mahle, Federal Mogul, AVL, FEV, Ricardo, and the U.S. Army. Their passion for engines extends beyond the automotive industry by providing specialty engines for the motorcycle, marine, industrial, and military industries globally.
Stephen Chue, President and Technical Director of Katech said, “We love our location here in Macomb County. We are close to our main clients and many local OEM’s. We also have access to a great pool of engineering and manufacturing expertise. Our local and state governments are supportive of our growth plans and have played a vital role in the development of the advanced manufacturing industry in the region.”