Source: FDP Friction Science announcement

TAPPAHANNOCK, Va. – FDP Friction Science, a multi-generational family business which promotes family-culture values, is honoring three members of the team working at the Tappahannock, Va., headquarters facility who are celebrating 50 years at the company.

In honor of their half-century accomplishment, FDP will donate a commemorative park bench at VCU Riverside Hospital. FDP also will create a scholarship at nearby Essex High School for students who want to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

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  • James “Rock” Allen, started at FDP the same year that Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took the first historic steps on the moon. Today, he is responsible for exterior maintenance and environmental control.
  • Kenny Washington, who handles finished goods and is forklift operator, is known for keeping his forklift in pristine condition and takes great pride in his expertise behind the wheel. He’s also known for being the team cheerleader, keeping everyone motivated and focused on the job at hand.
  • Laurence Shelton, Jr. oversees raw materials warehouse control, and also has a son who has worked at FDP for nearly 30 years. His dedication is an example for all employees.

“We are very proud that these three gentlemen chose to spend their careers at FDP Friction Science,” said John Carney, vice president of sales for FDP Friction Science. “They have been an essential part of our team here — almost since the time we founded the company. It’s an honor to be able to recognize their accomplishments by giving back to our community in their names.”

About FDP Friction Science

FDP Friction Science was born in 1969 and with it the company’s passion for friction and braking technology. From its decades of experience as an original-equipment brake supplier, through growth and acquisitions to its modern industry today, the company’s sole focus is making braking as safe and reliable as possible.

FDP Friction Science, with global headquarters and manufacturing in Tappahannock, Va., and a research and development facility in Morrisville, N.J. and approximately 200 employees, is a global supplier of disc pads and brake shoes. Our clients include OEMs, retailers, warehouse distributors, exporters and other brake manufacturers.

FDP leaves nothing to chance, subjecting its processes to the tightest quality controls, and its products to the most extensive lab and road testing available. Ultimately, the company’s focus on safety and reliability results in higher-quality, longer-lasting products. FDP pads and shoes do not just ensure a higher degree of safety, they also deliver a better long-term value.