Goerend Transmission, Inc.
From St. Lucas, Iowa - to the world! Located on Main Street in St. Lucas (population 143) you'll find Goerend Transmission, a family business that has been evolving to meet customer needs since 1947. The business was founded by Ed Goerend and operated as a small repair shop, doing anything and everything from overhauling carburetors to rebuilding injection pumps. Goerend Transmission now manufactures torque converters and parts using specialty precision ATI and Mazak equipment, 2 SuperFlow Transmission Dynos, several CNC machines and other specialized equipment for manufacturing and testing. The business is currently owned and operated by Ed's son, Dave Goerend and his wife Darla, with the support of about 13 employees. Commenting on the company's growth, Dave Goerend notes that "the monthly payroll is more than what we grossed in the first few years!" Darla is quick to add that they couldn't do what they do without the great staff and the fine-tune system that has developed. The staff also enjoys working with the Goerend's and mention the family-like atmosphere as well as the opportunity to talk to, and work for customers from all over the globe as some of the best aspects of the job.
In addition to Dave's patented torque converters, Goerend Transmission also manufactures several parts form Allison and Dodge diesel transmissions. Dave has designed and patened an improved transmission pan for Dodge, Chevy and Ford diesels. As Darla puts it, "When Dave doesn't like the quality of a part, he designs a better one." Dave currently holds five patents with two to three more pending. Goerend's parts are shipped to customers in all 50 states and several other countries, including as far away as Sweden and Guam!
One can open any industry magazine and find a story where one of the Goerend's products or dealers are mentioned. Goerend Transmission isn't hard to find if you can find St. Lucas, but a trip to their website is easy for more information on this local business. Don't worry of you can't make it to St. Lucas -- less than 1% of their customers have ever been by the shop!