Frederick J. Mancheski’s guidance and leadership as CEO of Echlin, Inc., helped transform the company into a powerhouse of automotive manufacturing. He was instrumental in building the company’s annual sales from $38 million to $3.3 billion by slowing Echlin’s pace of acquiring companies and consolidating its existing operations to increase profit margins and heighten efficiency.
Mancheski was born in Stevens Point, WI in 1926. He worked to put himself through college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He then joined a management program at the Timken Roller Bearing Company in Canton, OH. Mancheski was hired from the program by the McKinsey & Co. Consultation firm. In 1963 he was hired by Echlin Manufacturing Co. in New Haven, CT. Within one year, he became president of the company, and, in 1967, he was promoted to chairman and CEO. Echlin flourished under Mancheski’s management and became known as Echlin Inc. Echlin Inc. purchased companies around the world and was included in the Fortune 500 under Mancheski’s leadership.
Mancheski retired from Echlin in 1997 but continued to serve on boards of several organizations including The Young Presidents Organization, The Hospital of St. Raphael’s Foundation, Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University, Armstrong Rubber, New Haven Chamber of Commerce, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and many others.