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CURT Launches First-Ever Mobile, Bluetooth Brake Control CURT, the leading manufacturer of USA-made hitches and a complete line of towing products, is launching the first-ever Bluetooth-enabled mobile brake control, the Echo™ #51180. This is a portable, plug-and-play device that links to the driver’s smartphone to control and monitor all trailer brake activity. Travis Machler, Director of Marketing, stated, “we continue to drive innovation in the towing industry. Echo™ is one example of how CURT is meeting the technological needs of today’s consumers.” The all-new CURT Echo™ is truly a brake control for the modern age. It is the first of its kind, featuring Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect to the driver’s smartphone. With the downloadable Smart Control app for Apple or Android phones, the Echo™ monitors the trailer brakes, allows for manual control and sends status updates, all using the driver’s smartphone. The Echo™ is also designed to be highly portable for use with multiple vehicles and trailers. It easily plugs in between the 7-way RV blade connectors of the vehicle and trailer. The app is able to store multiple user and trailer profiles, and the device itself is constructed for long-lasting weather resistance. The Echo™ mobile brake control is available now for order. To learn more, please visit the Echo™ brake control landing page. Please visit for more information. American Kenda Finds New Vice President in David Craig Kenda Rubber Industrial’s Chairman, Jimmy Yang, announced David Craig will join American Kenda as Vice President. Craig’s management responsibilities will also include the Americana Tire & Wheel division. The division’s current leader, Jerry Sampson, retires at the end of the year. Yang expressed his pleasure in Craig’s upcoming involvement and looks forward to Kenda’s continued growth. Craig’s experience in the industry includes twenty-four years at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, where he held various domestic and international senior positions. His career has included areas of corporate strategy, global marketing, international sales, product development, OEM sales, mergers and acquisitions, global logistics, and plant operations. Craig will relocate to Ohio for the position. To learn more, please visit NATDA Magazine 17