LAS VEGAS -- The Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association named Electronics Remanufacturing Company of Walled Lake, Mich., the 2013 Mike Hill Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year.

The award is given to a company or individual who has demonstrated innovative ways to create and grow a successful business model and in the process supported industry efforts to advance the science of remanufacturing.

The award was presented Monday during the HDRG Remanufacturing Summit in Las Vegas.

ERC has pioneered a path for electronics remanufacturing in the commercial vehicle market, according to HDRG officials.

ERC's board is made up of seasoned commercial vehicle industry veterans, including CEO Jim Morrow, former president of Detroit Diesel, President Russ Schinzing, former GM of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing Electronics Division, and Warren Klein, former owner of Transaxle.

ERC was formed in January 2010 to service an underserviced marketplace, says Schinzing. We were one of the first independent, commercial vehicle focused, electronics remanufacturers to recognize that there were many electronic components on the engine, cab, and trailer that were not being offered as remanufactured parts.

ERC began as an engineering heavy company with very strong reverse engineering capabilities to help OEM and Tier 1 customers that want to remanufacture electronic modules apart from their direct supplier of new.

We independently reverse-engineered many of the abandoned products and worked with the OEM and Tier 1 engineering teams to achieve process and specification approval," Shinzing says. "Most of these products have communication protocols like High-speed CAN and J1708 which need to be interpreted, reverse engineered, and programmed into test software to be used on ERC-developed test equipment.

ERC was recently awarded the 2012 North American Company of the Year Award in the Remanufacturing Electronics market by Frost & Sullivan.

ERC has been a member of APRA and its HDRG Division since its inception in 2010.

Company president Russ Schinzing accepted the award from Sandra Standley, HDRG Chairman.

ERC was the sixth recipient of this award, joining past recipients Precision Rebuilders of St. Clair, Mo., Weller Truck Parts of Grand Rapids, Mich., ArvinMeritor, Plainfield, Ind., Camerota Truck Parts of Enfield, Conn., and TransAxle, Cinnaminson, N.J.