Mack Boring and Parts Co. announced that one of its longtime partners, Larry Berlin, recently died.
“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,” said a company statement.
After teaching vocational students in the Elizabeth Public School system in New Jersey, Berlin joined Mack Boring in 1969. He was recruited to establish a full-time diesel training school with an emphasis on “hands-on” development and experience, said the statement. Engine City Technical Institute, as the school came to be called, opened in September 1969 as a fully licensed and accredited technical school in 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,” said the statement. “During this impressive time under the guidance of Larry, ECTI was acknowledged to be the best diesel technical institute in the United States.”
In 1999, Berlin became Mack Boring’s head of training services and led dealer training for the network as well as the Yanmar diesel owner’s seminars. He retired in 2014.