There seems to be an underlying belief in this country that we don't make anything anymore. One look at all of the outsourced junk from overseas bearing once-trusted American labels and it's no wonder brand names don't mean much these days. As a whole, the manufacturing situation in this country appears pretty bleak, but when it comes to the automotive aftermarket there are some glimmers of hope. A good example is Egge Machine & Speed Shop of Santa Fe Springs, California. Founded in 1915 the shop hailed from Plainview, Texas, but it wasn't long before the elder Egge packed his family up in 1923 and transplanted the operation to downtown Los Angeles. In 1958, the next move was to Gardena, California where Egge Machine found itself neighbored by Ed Iskenderian's Isky cams. In 1972, Egge Machine moved to its present location in Santa Fe Springs.

In the early days Egge was known for specializing in hard-to-get and obsolete parts. As their inventories of rare N.O.S. parts began to dry up they filled the need by venturing into rebuilding and remanufacturing an array of internal engine parts. There's not much on the inside of a vintage internal combustion engine that Egge doesn't deal with. Where they have really made their mark is producing high-quality pistons for all types of vehicles. Manufactured entirely in-house, Egge pistons begin life as ingots of aluminum alloy and then are produced entirely under one roof. Perhaps equally as interesting is thanks to major investments made to acquire modern CNC machine equipment Egge pistons offer a blend of old-school ways combined with modern technology thus providing improved oil-consumption, better compression, and less internal friction than original equipment pistons from back in the day.