It is with great sadness that Mack Boring & Parts Co. announces the passing of Larry Berlin.
Larry was a fixture at Mack Boring and a driver to much of our success over the years, building wonderful relationships and developing students into best in class technicians and advocates for the diesel industry.
Larry started his career at Mack Boring in 1969 after a move from teaching vocational students in the Elizabeth Public School system. Larry was recruited by Edward McGovern, Jr. to establish a full time diesel training school with an emphasis on “hands on” development and experience. After an arduous undertaking of acquiring licenses and approval, ECTI (Engine City Technical Institute) was opened in September of 1969 as a fully licensed and accredited Technical School in the State of New Jersey.
ECTI started with night classes, but quickly grew to offer day classes as the demand and recognition of this world-class program grew under the direction of Larry where he served as the School Director for 30 years (1969-1999). During this impressive time under the guidance of Larry, ECTI was acknowledged to be the best Diesel Technical Institute in the United States, and continues to educate Diesel Technicians today under the it’s new ownership by Lincoln Technical Institute.
After 30 years of training bright minds at ECTI, many of which moved on to be leaders in an array of Diesel Markets, Larry took on Mack Boring’s needs and served as the head of Training Services where he lead both dealer training for our entire network as well as the hugely popular Yanmar Diesel Owner’s Seminars.
Larry retired from Mack Boring & Parts Co. in 2014, a loyal partner and mentor.
Larry’s dedication and loyalty was not reserved for Mack Boring alone, he left a lasting impact on everyone he came in contact with, sparked interest and passion in his students and loved hunting and fishing almost as much as he did teaching. Above all this, his adoration for his daughter Terri was unmatched.
Larry Berlin is and will always be missed. A true friend, partner, and industry legend.