At the helm of one of the automotive aftermarket’s leading remanufacturing firms, GB Remanufacturing President and CEO Michael Kitching says he’s proud to see remanufacturing getting the attention it deserves as a key player in the growing sustainability conversations taking place today.
GB Remanufacturing was founded by Mike and his father Bill Kitching in 1986. The Long Beach, California-based company remanufactures and distributes premium gasoline and diesel fuel-system-related products to its customers around the world.
“Remanufacturing is the ultimate environmentally friendly type of business,” said Kitching. “We take units that are previously deemed either defective or just used and remanufacture that to OEM specs or better sometimes. It saves the environment, it saves the consumer a lot of money, so yeah, we’re proud to be in this industry.”
Kitching recently joined Babcox Media CEO Bill Babcox in the “AMN Drivetime” podcast studio to talk about changes in the industry, the story of building a family-owned and -operated business and much more. During the interview, Bill and Mike talk about:
- 0:10: – A bit of history about the family business, what the “GB” in the company name stands for and why
- 1:37 – What Mike originally set out to do as a career before joining the family business
- 3:42 – The renewed interest in reman today as a key element of sustainability efforts
- 6:48 – The importance of keeping GB Remanufacturing jobs in the U.S.
- 8:40 – Other critical industry and business issues the company is watching closely right now
- 11:55 – Mike’s diehard love of the Long Beach Grand Prix and how that got started
- 14:30 – Mike’s favorite hobbies (skiing and golfing) and where he enjoys them
- 16:59 – The ever-popular Lightning Round
AMN Drivetime is sponsored by AISIN.