Business profile: Progressive Diesel Injection


NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Progressive Diesel Injection is preparing for the future by developing a plan to ensure they are trained in handling the stricter regulations surrounding diesel emissions.

The full-service diesel engine machine shop has been keeping its customers’ equipment up and running since 1971 when Harry Ratvasky Sr., founded the company.

And, as engines become more high-tech and complicated, the staff at Progressive is ready to step up to the challenge.

Training. Technicians are attending training to be qualified to work on the newest diesel engines — most of which are electronic, said business partner Sharon May.

May said as the new emission regulations are put into effect, maintenance and repairs to diesel engines will be more complex.

“We will need to attend even more training and be equipped to repair and maintain the new diesel engines and components including regeneration systems and particulate filters,” May said.

“Progressive Diesel will be prepared to meet the needs of our customers,” said May.

Location. Progressive, located at 451 North Gate Circle in New Castle, Pa., specializes in fuel system repair. The staff of four can also completely rebuild your engine.

“Customer satisfaction has always been our priority,” said May. “We have always been family-owned and operated and we have the training and tools necessary to repair the diesel engines in today’s market.”

Company development. Once Progressive got business going in the early 1970s, things took off. In 1979, the company began fuel system repairs.

After 20 years of serving satisfied customers, Progressive outgrew its shop, so, in 1998, the company moved to a larger shop in Neshannock Township.

One year later, Progressive became a Perkins engine dealer and in 2003 became a dealer for Alliant Power and Garrett turbo charges. In 2005, the company signed on as a dealer for Cummins engines.

The company is also a Kubota industrial engine dealer.

Products. In addition to service, Progressive stocks a range of performance products for GM, Ford and Dodge pickups to increase horsepower and torque.

Progressive also has performance and stock products available for tractor pullers.

“We will work with the customer to help them make the best decision about repairing or replacing their equipment,” said May.

Details. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and appointments are available on Saturdays. Give them a call at 724-658-4690 or send an e-mail to Progressive is on the Internet at


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