The Premier Publisher of Automotive Aftermarket Trade Journals and Newsletters
Our headquarters is located in the heart of the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri, USA. MD Publications, Inc. PO BOX 2210, Springfield, MO 65801-2210. Advertising inquiries are welcome by mail or telephone, (800) 274-7890, (417) 866-3917; Fax (417) 866-2781. 8am to 5pm CST Monday thru Friday. Rates furnished upon request.
Bringing You More in 2013:
In 1976 my parents, Les and Carol Langsford, founded M D Publications, Inc. and published their first issue of Muffler Digest. I worked here at the time, stuffing envelopes, emptying trash and learning our family business.
Thirty-seven years later, I am very proud to become the president and CEO. We will continue to work hard to provide you the powertrain industry’s most-reliable information. We are making a lot of improvements this year. I hope you will visit our new and improved websites, Undercar Digest and Transmission Digest. A new digital presence is easier to read and to navigate. The sites will adapt to tablets and mobile devices of any size. Further, we have constructed a more user-friendly environment for use of those registering for the annual Showpower Expo.
Keep reading Transmission Digest and Undercar Digest for more updates on the new ways we are finding to help aftermarket retail shops improve by staying informed and profitable.
From the first, the goal at MD Publications has been to provide crucial information to shop owners and technicians alike, while keeping you up to date with industry information and news.
The sponsors make it possible for our magazines to be delivered, free of charge, directly to your shop. We hope that when you purchase products, tools or equipment you will consider them first.
A Brief History:
M D Publications Inc., parent company of Showpower Expo, Undercar Digest and Transmission Digest, has a long history of providing accurate news and up-to-date technical and management information to the automotive-repair industry. This published information was complemented by the formation of an industry-wide transmission trade show in 1984 and an undercar trade show starting in 1987. The two mega-events merged in 1996, and Showpower Expo was born! Today the show includes top manufacturers and distributors in the industry, plus technical and management seminars that examine the core developments in our industry.
But M D's start took place over 35 years ago in 1976, when founder Les Langsford(1928-1993) published the first issue of Muffler Digest in August of that year. Being the predecessor of Undercar Digest, Muffler Digest was well received by muffler-shop operators throughout the country. In the past, these shop operators could find only limited information and advertising in general-repair trade magazines about the exhaust-system replacement business.
By 1978 M D had introduced Short Line, a twice-a-month industry newsletter designed for manufacturers, distributors and multi-shop operators.
After much research by Gary Kennon, company vice president, M D introduced Transmission Digest in 1981 - meeting the needs of another segment of the repair market that had been ignored. It too was a "hit" with its readers. Shortly afterward, M D began publishing Transmission Tech/Talk, a monthly eight-page technical bulletin, for the industry.
With muffler shops beginning to offer more and more undercar repairs, Muffler Digest was revamped in 1987 and renamed Undercar Digest by publisher Breck Langsford. In addition to information about the exhaust industry, shop operators and technicians also read and learn about brake, steering and suspension, and other undercar repairs every month.
In 1990, M D began offering Brake Tech/Talk and Alignment Tech/Talk, two monthly technical bulletins that tackle topics such as ABS and all-wheel alignment.
From 1993 until 2012, under the leadership of President Carol Langsford, M D Publications strengthened it's longstanding position of being the best information provider to the industry. Under her guidance, the company came to be widely recognized as the premier publisher of automotive aftermarket trade publications, whose dedicated staff, state-of-the-art production facilities, efficient mailing operations, data processing and quality circulation are the envy of the industry.
All of us at MD welcome you to our On-Line Publication Center and encourage you to visit all of our sites.