New President of Torque Transmission Carries Third-Generation Business Toward Future Growth and Product Development

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John W. Rampe brings multi-faceted manufacturing experience to his new leadership role as President of Torque Transmission

John W. Rampe, President of Torque Transmission

“Our greatest asset is the people who work in our organization,” says John W. Rampe, emphasizing the commitment of a longtime staff of talented employees who support the growing business.

Passing the baton from father to son at Torque Transmission has been a gradual process. Now, John W. Rampe is third-generation president of family business, started in 1947. Father John N. Rampe is CEO. “My father and I have been working together for quite some time now, with him guiding me through the transition,” says John W. Rampe, noting that the opportunity to carry on a family legacy and successful company is “definitely exciting.”

Over the years, Torque Transmission has earned a reputation as a reliable provider of fractional horsepower motion control components for a range of industries. The company has built product lines including timing belt pulleys, right-angle gearboxes, speed reducers and thrust bearings.

John W. Rampe brings multi-faceted manufacturing experience to his new leadership role. He has worked at Torque Transmission since 2008, and before becoming president he served as sales manager and vice president of sales. During that time, he focused on developing the business from all aspects while establishing relationships with the company’s dedicated staff. Before joining Torque Transmission, Rampe spent time working with a specialty manufacturer in sales engineering.

“Change is a constant, and we want to keep the company always moving forward—to be smart and aggressive in the market,” says John N. Rampe, who’s proud to continue the family business with his son overseeing operations. “In changing leadership, the transition has to be seamless from the outside and inside,” he says.

That means continuing to meet high standards for on-time delivery, product quality, and responsiveness, John N. Rampe notes. “We’ll make sure these values are never degraded,” he says.

Change in leadership will not introduce any drastic business changes at Torque Transmission, John N. Rampe adds. “We won’t take any abrupt turns.”

Though future success will include adapting the company’s current expertise in power transmission components for the OEM marketplace and creating new market opportunities. John W. Rampe says he will focus on growth and profit margins while further developing the gearbox line, “where there is definitely a demand in the marketplace,” he says.

John N. Rampe adds that the company may look outside of its “sandbox” and consider how it can modify current products and roll out innovations to keep the business on the cutting edge. “More growth in the company is a given,” John N. Rampe says, relating that increasing sales volume during the next five years will require developing new products.

The talent at Torque Transmission will play a significant role in its success, John W. Rampe adds. “For me, the focus next to growth will also be how to keep culture of a family-oriented business,” he says. “Our greatest asset is the people who work in our organization.”

About Torque Transmission
Torque Transmission produces fractional horsepower mechanical drive components for OEMs, with products that can be found in industries including food processing, medical, point of purchase, automotive, printing, semi-conductor manufacturing, sports and others. Torque Transmission shortens customers’ time to market with proven, cost-effective motion control components, gearboxes, speed reducers, timing belt pulleys, and thrust bearings.

About John W. Rampe
John W. Rampe
President, Torque Transmission, a division of Rampe Manufacturing Co.

John W. Rampe’s multi-faceted manufacturing career includes more than 18 years of experience in manufacturing, sales, engineering, and program development. He began in high school as an apprentice for a tool and die maker, learning how to design and produce small production fixtures. While in college he worked briefly for a private contractor and then running his own home maintenance construction firm. Rampe during college and for a few years after graduation worked as a process engineer at Torque Transmission from 1994-2000.

Rampe gained additional experience in manufacturing, engineering and sales development through leadership roles at Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding in Cleveland (2000-07), he generated new business and used his technical knowledge to engineer solutions for customers. At Tyler Elevator (2007-08), a division of Sematic USA, in Valley View, Ohio, Rampe was a sales engineer and estimator. Learning every facet of manufacturing—from production to front-line sales—has given Rampe the experience to drive sales, develop new product and initiate strategic planning as the current president of Torque Transmission.

Rampe previously served as sales manager and vice president of sales for Torque Transmission. He was named president in May 2013, becoming the third-generation to run the company.

“Our greatest asset is the people who work in our organization,” says John W. Rampe, emphasizing the commitment of a longtime staff of talented employees who support the growing business.

Rampe holds Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix. As a lifelong learner, Rampe continues to stay up to date on the latest technologies as well as being a student of business.

Rampe serves the community through organizations including the Board of Planning and Zoning for Mentor on the Lake, for which he is a past chairman. He is Rear Commodore of the Mentor Harbor Yachting Club board of directors, a member of the Cleveland Engineering Society, American Society for Quality and United States Sailing Association.

Torque Transmission is based in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. It produces mechanical power transmission components for the fractional horsepower market.

Visit torquetrans.com for product specifications, 3-D drawings, and case histories. Contact us at sales(at)torquetrans(dot)com or 800.544.6642

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