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Marvin B. Klowak

Vice President, Research and Development and Quality


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219 North Milwaukee Street

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

United States

Company Description

Starkmedia has been a resident in Milwaukee's Third Ward since 1996. The company originally began servicing Milwaukee's film and printing needs, but when president and owner Ken Stark saw an opportunity in the web design industry in 1998, he changed the d ... more

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Global Vice President, Research and Development

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

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Marvin Klowak

Marvin KlowakMarvin Klowak joined Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1988 as a project engineer.He was promoted to Engineering Manager, Large Engine Division in 1994 and was named to his current position of Vice President, Research & Development and Quality in April 1998.As part of his current responsibilities, he is responsible for overseeing the on-going and strategic patent related activities at Briggs & Stratton.

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"Ethanol has inherent properties that can cause corrosion of metal parts, including carburetors, degradation of plastic and rubber components, harder starting, and reduced engine life," says Marv Klowak, global vice president of research and development for Briggs & Stratton, the largest manufacturer of small engines.

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Marv Klowak, Briggs & Stratton vice president of research and development and quality, says hybrid electric technology is only viable in automobiles because they have a lot of part-load applications.

"In most lawn care equipment, you tend to run more than mid-throttle due to the nature of the power requirements," he says.
Beyond power concerns, Klowak says another issue hindering smaller hybrid electric technology is pricing. Hybrid systems, which consist of an engine, electric motor and complex power management programs, are still relatively costly. And even if those costs could somehow be amortized for lawn care equipment, there are still issues with hybrid battery technology.
Klowak and Jim Roche, executive director of the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC), both say today's batteries don't have the required energy density to work in mower applications.
Klowak says it will all be up to the end-users.
"Ethanol actually has worse fuel economy compared to regular gasoline," Klowak says. "It's a 35 percent reduction."
"Unless you get into some of the larger applications, the up front cost versus the value just isn't there," Klowak says.
"Gasoline is pretty darn good," Klowak says.
"It's the most cost-effective from the initial price," Klowak maintains.

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