Allison Transmission Names Nick Weidlich First Annual Allison Guild Technician Skills Competition Winner

INDIANAPOLIS, September 29, 2021 – Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions and the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions for commercial and defense vehicles, is pleased to announce the winner of its inaugural Allison Guild Technician Skills Competition.

Nick Weidlich with Clarke Power Services, Inc. in Wentzville, MO was named Grand Champion of the Allison Guild Technician Skills Competition at the Guild Star Awards banquet hosted in Indianapolis on September 21, during First Line 2021. First Line, Allison’s bi-annual working seminar for service channel professionals, focuses on product updates and best practices in service procedures, making it the perfect occasion for the culminating event of the skills competition.

“With more than 1,100 independent Allison Authorized Distributors and Dealers across North America, Allison’s service network of highly-trained technicians is a true differentiator,” said Brian Geiselhart, Managing Director, Global Channel, Aftermarket & Warranty at Allison Transmission. “Keeping these skilled-technicians trained with the latest developments in our products is key to the full experience of to delivering the Allison Brand Promise to our mutual OEM and fleet customers.”

The Allison Transmission Guild, established in 1975, promotes the technical knowledge and expertise of Allison distributor and dealer service and parts professionals. The Guild’s mission is to expand Allison’s world leadership in transmission and propulsion system technologies through ongoing service professional development.

Open to all Allison North America 1000/2000 and 3000/4000 Service Guild members, the Technician Skills Competition exemplifies Allison’s commitment to continually evolve the skills of its service channel technicians. Five finalists were selected based on a 45-minute, 45-question online test. The finalists then competed head-to-head at First Line 2021 by rotating between five timed hands-on skills stations designed to gauge each technician’s understanding and abilities related to Allison 1000-4000 Series diagnostics, service, repair, and chassis integration. Each station was hosted and judged by Allison Regional Customer Support Managers, Allison Service Engineers, and Allison Product Training personnel.

“Allison is proud to recognize our channel partners for their commitment to delivering high quality of service and for consistently evolving their skillset to support new and innovative technology, said Todd Dawn, Manager, Global Product Training and Technical Publications at Allison Transmission. “These skilled professionals make it possible for Allison transmissions and propulsion solutions to operate at optimum levels, with reduced downtime, leading to maximum efficiency and uptime for our customers.”

Four additional finalists were honored at the Guild Star Awards banquet, including:

  • James Weisenstein with Penn Power Group in Cranberry Township, PA
  • Kevin Edinger with W.W. Williams in Charleston, SC
  • DeWayne Day with Stewart & Stevenson in Commerce City, CO
  • Aaron Keith Burdick with Clarke Power Services in New Bern, NC

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Sep 29, 2021


Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is a leading designer and manufacturer of vehicle propulsion solutions for commercial and defense vehicles, the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, and a leader in electrified propulsion systems that Improve the Way the World Works. Allison products are used in a wide variety of applications, including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (school, transit and coach), motorhomes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining and construction applications) and defense vehicles (tactical wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. With a presence in more than 150 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil, manufacturing facilities in the USA, Hungary and India, as well as global engineering resources, including electrification engineering centers in Indianapolis, Indiana, Auburn Hills, Michigan and London in the United Kingdom. Allison also has more than 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit