OEM Brake Engineer Stoloff Joins PureForge

PONTIAC, Mich. – Retired, renowned brake engineer and authority Paul Stoloff has joined the fast-growing team of experts at PureForge® braking systems.

Discussing the ability to bring Stoloff out of retirement to join the PureForge team, CEO Gordon Heidacker said, “Paul is an incredible talent and an industry-wide, well-known brake engineer. This key hire completes a compliment of industry-wide professionals who have joined our team at PureForge, this year.”

Heidacker also praised Stoloff for his innovative engineering track record and expertise while at the former Chrysler Corporation, now a part of Stellantis.

Stoloff’s resume includes 34 Years at Chrysler, the last 32 in brake engineering. He retired in 2016 as technical lead of Brake Systems Engineering, responsible for many things, most notably for brake rotor systems.

As a Chrysler engineer, Stoloff said that. “In an industry known for turbulent relationships between automakers and suppliers, I was always fair with my supplier friends. I was not always kind, particularly when I felt the supplier needed tough love. But I was always fair. To this day, I cherish and respect them for what I earned from them.

“I’m so pleased to be able to continue my brake career with a great technology and products company, PureForge braking systems.”

In addition to the impressive resume, Stoloff developed and launched the first zinc-based rotor coating at Chrysler on the 1998 Neon (MCI Dacromet, followed soon after by Geomet). He also continued to develop alternative rotor coatings.

Stoloff developed and launched Worwag Zinc Dust in 2006, followed by Magni C40 in 2010, each with higher performance at a lower cost.

Stoloff also led the team developing FNC treatment at Chrysler in 2014 primarily as a lot rot preventative measure. He also Authored joint Chrysler/Fiat engineering specifications for brake rotors.

Over the years, Stoloff also designed and redesigned nearly every part of a modern brake system, including slip control (ABS/ESC), rotors, calipers, friction material, drum brakes, Drum-In-Hat, parking brakes (levers, cables, EPB, etc.), actuation, hoses, tubes, pedals, pedal brackets, hubs, wheel bearings, lug nuts & studs.

Adding to his resume, Stoloff authored two SAE papers and holds three U.S. Patents.

In retirement, Stoloff became an award-winning professional photographer specializing in event photography and certified by Professional Photographers of America.


Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.