GMP Friction Products Announces New Management Team

Renews Commitment to High Quality Standards and On-Time Delivery


The GMP Friction Products management team, (from left) Terry Hart, production manager; Rick Cardarelli, president; and Scott Durkin, quality and engineering manager; have a focused commitment to on-time delivery and high quality standards.

AKRON, OHIO (Dec. 9, 2016) – GMP Friction Products announces the company has put in place a new management team with a focused commitment to on-time delivery and high quality standards of their sintered friction products.

Rick Cardarelli has been named President/CEO of GMP Friction Products in Akron, Ohio. Formerly the Operations Director at GMP, Cardarelli has built his career in manufacturing and brings his many years of engineering and production experience to his new role. Cardarelli also has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Akron.

“The key changes we’ve made have resulted in a significant impact to our ongoing commitment of high quality products and reliable on-time delivery, all at the best possible price we can offer,” said Cardarelli. “We’re receiving positive feedback from our customers, telling us they’re pleased with the direction of the company. We are eager to continue supporting our customers’ success.”

Cardarelli added two new and experienced managers to the team to lead the efforts in quality, engineering and production for the sintered friction products manufacturing company.

Terry Hart has been hired as Production Manager. He is responsible for all operations, ensuring timely delivery of a consistent quality product. Terry brings extensive experience in manufacturing including production scheduling, resource management, training, and safety as well as equipment reliability and maintenance. He previously filled the role of Plant/Production Manager at several Northeast Ohio manufacturing companies.

Scott Durkin has been hired as Quality and Engineering Manager. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining the company’s high quality standards, maintaining consistency of the products and continuously improving the company’s business operating systems. Prior to joining GMP, Durkin spent his entire career in manufacturing, most recently as an Engineering Manager at a local forging company. He has also held roles in quality and production management at other Northeast Ohio manufacturers.

Since 1929, GMP Friction Products has designed and manufactured brake pads and clutch plates for use in a variety of industrial applications in markets such as off-road vehicles, construction, industrial equipment, agriculture, military, aerospace, racing, and the heavy truck market. As a world leader in sintered metallic friction materials, the company specializes in working with customers to engineer and manufacture parts in a range of materials for controlling, stopping, or transmitting power. For more information, call 330-633-1226 or visit the website at