Annual DEI Cruise-In Set for Saturday, Aug. 21

AVON LAKE, OH (08.11.2021) – Enjoy a traditional rite of summer as Design Engineering Inc., in partnership with the city of Avon Lake, hosts its annual DEI Cruise-In on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Offering wholesome fun for the entire family, the Cruise-In will feature food, music and, of course, the hottest cars, trucks, SUVs, race cars, motorcycles and classic vehicles around.

“We’re inviting the entire community to come out and enjoy a Saturday evening of great cars and family fun,” said Steve Garrett, Creative Director at DEI. “Community cruise-ins are a great way to meet your neighbors and take a walk down memory lane. Plus, the first 300 participants will receive a free commemorative gift!”

Free and open to the public, the event will be held at the Weiss Baseball Fields, 33401 Webber Road, across from DEI headquarters. It will include activities, music, food vendors and more.

This year the Cruise-In will also serve as a fundraiser for Valor Home of Lorain County—a transitional housing program for homeless male veterans. Funds will be raised through a $10 donation for anyone wanting to show a vehicle, with all years, makes, models and styles eligible to participate.

“Whatever you have is welcome,” Garrett said.

Originally hosted on the DEI premises beginning in 2016, the Cruise-In gained the attention of city officials when cars and trucks circled the block waiting to enter the parking lot. The city of Avon Lake now serves as an official event partner.

For more information about the annual DEI Cruise-In and how to register a vehicle, visit

Design Engineering Introduces Mazda Miata Floor Insulation Kit

AVON LAKE, OH (08.10.2021) – Design Engineering, Inc. has introduced a new Interior Insulation Kit (# 050295) for the increasingly popular 1990-2005 first (NA) and second (NB) generation Mazda Miata models.

The Miata floor kit features DEI’s proven Under Carpet Lite material that insulates the cab from heat and blocks noise for a cool, comfortable ride.

As an added level of noise and vibration control, customers are encouraged to install DEI’s Mazda Miata Vibration Damping kit (# 50600).

“Whether your padding is worn out or you just want to upgrade your Miata’s interior, our DEI under-carpet kit does the trick,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “CNC-cut to precisely match the vehicle floor, it offers easy installation and years of trouble-free use.”

DEI’s Under Carpet Lite material is 1/2″ thick and engineered using multilayer construction to block heat and absorb engine and road noise. Pre-cut for an easy fit in 1990-2005 first (NA) and second (NB) generation Miata models, the material installs quickly on the vehicle floor to provide premium thermal insulation and reduces road and tire noise.

For more information about the Miata Interior Insulation Kit and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

Create Your Own Heat Shield with DEI’s New Form-A-Barrier Kits

AVON LAKE, OH (10.16.2020) – Looking for a custom automotive heat blocker? Why not create your own with Form-A-Barrier heat shields from Design Engineering, Inc.

The lightweight, formable rigid barriers provide excellent thermal protection up to 1,300°F with a minimal gap of 1 inch to the heat source, and mechanically fasten with pins, screws or bolts to stay firmly in place.

“Form-A-Barrier can be formed or bent by hand to conform to odd shapes,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “Racers and builders can use them for an infinite number of applications, including firewalls, interiors, engines and other areas and many non-automotive applications.”

Form-A-Barrier is constructed of a high temperature rated foam material in between sheets of heat reflective thin dimpled aluminum. Offered in 12″x12″ (#011002) square sheet and new 12”x24” (#011013) rectangle sheet, Form-A-Barrier is resistant to most automotive lubricants and chemicals. Additionally, the Form-A-Barrier is available in custom sizes up to 45” x 75” as a special order, making it a great solution for any size project.

For more information about bendable Form-A-Barrier kits and DEI’s complete line of vehicle heat and sound control products, visit

Design Engineering, Inc. Offers Pre-Cut Hood Insulation Kits for Muscle Cars

AVON LAKE, OH (05.28.2020) – Show off your muscle car engine in style with new Pre-Cut Hood Insulation Kits from Design Engineering, Inc.

Custom-cut to fit a variety of classic muscle car hoods, the Pre-Cut Hood Insulation Kits control heat and sound in the engine bay, protect the vehicle’s finish from high temperatures and chemicals, and look great doing it.

“DEI’s Pre-Cut Hood Insulation Kits are the perfect replacement for worn-out, dirty hood liners,” said Mike Buca of DEI. “Made from our black under-hood material, the kits help control heat and sound, protect your paint from engine heat, and provide a clean, stylish appearance.”

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Pre-cut kits with an aggressive adhesive backing make for an easy peel-and-stick installation. Kits are available for a variety of muscle car applications including:

1964-’65 Chevrolet Chevelle (# 050128)
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle (# 050127)
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle (# 050126)
1968-’69 Chevrolet Chevelle (# 050125)
1970-’72 Chevrolet Chevelle (with non-functional cowl) (# 050124)
1967-’69 Chevrolet Camaro (Z/28, SS, base) (# 050099)
1969-’70 Ford Mustang (base, Mach 1, Grande, GT-350, GT) (# 050098)
1966-’67 Chevrolet Nova (# 050093)
1969-’74 Chevrolet Nova (# 050096)
1971-’74 Pontiac Ventura (base, GTO) (# 050096)
1973-’74 Oldsmobile Omega (# 050096)
1973-’74 Buick Apollo (# 050096)
1965-’67 Pontiac LeMans/GTO (# 050094)
1968-’70 Pontiac LeMans/GTO (# 050095)

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DEI Introduces Black Floor & Tunnel Shield

AVON LAKE, OH (12.05.2019) – DEI now offers its popular Floor & Tunnel Shield in an attractive deep matte black finish providing a new option for underhood aesthetics. Manufactured with a high temperature thermal coating, it is ideal for protecting electronic components from damage while keeping the vehicle’s interior cool and comfortable.

Easy to shape and designed with a low profile that is only 3/16” thick, the shield can be used most anywhere to block heat – firewalls, transmission tunnels, under floor boards, fuel cells and more. Simply trim to fit, then peel and stick to install. The aggressive high temperature adhesive backing keeps the shield securely in place with minimal to no affect from wind, water or adverse weather conditions.

DEI’s Black Floor & Tunnel Shield is available now in either a 7 sq. ft. or 14 sq. ft. size – 21” x 48” (part #050552) or 42” x 48” (part #050549). Both can be purchased wherever DEI heat and sound control are sold.

For more information about DEI’s new Black Floor & Tunnel Shield and many other new products, visit

DEI Introduces Jeep Gladiator (JT) Headliner / Side Window Kit

AVON LAKE, OH (11.12.2019) – The Jeep Gladiator open air pickup is one of the most exciting vehicles to be introduced by Jeep in years, and now DEI, the leader in automotive heat and sound control, is hot on the trail by introducing a JT headliner kit to improve interior comfort and sound quality. Designed with a dual purpose of sound deadening and insulation, the headliner kit greatly reduces distracting road noise while insulating the interior from extreme heat or cold. Rides on or off the trail are much more enjoyable and the final product is a professional look that will add to resale value.

Made from marine grade foam that resists mold and mildew, the seven-piece Jeep headliner is custom cut and CNC machined for a perfect OE fit. Installation is easy.

Simply peel, position in place and stick-on for a secure fit. DEI’s Gladiator kit is available now in two finish options – Original or Leather Look. Original finish is available in three attractive colors: black, gray and white. Leather Look is available in black or gray.

Original Look Leather Look

050183 Black 050186 Gray

050184 Gray 050187 Black

050185 White

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DEI Announces New Hires—Mike Zenone as Inside Sales Supervisor and John Gabriel as DEI Powersports Division Manager

AVON LAKE, OH (10.17.2019) – DEI has announced two new supervisory positions. Former DEI employee Mike Zenone has been rehired as the company’s inside sales supervisor. John Gabriel has been hired as DEI’s powersports division manager.

Zenone, previously worked for a decade with DEI as the company’s brand manager and manager of business development where he was responsible for double digit sales growth prior to taking a position at Flaming River Industries Inc. (Berea, OH) serving in a capacity of sales, customer service, technical assistance and media relations. In his new position as inside sales supervisor he will manage activity of inside sales representatives for automotive and report directly to the Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tom Miller. Zenone has a prior proven track record of successfully managing a team of sales representatives for DEI and handling retail, dealer and wholesale phone sales for Flaming River. Additionally, he is thoroughly familiar with DEI’s products, systems, customers and markets.

John Gabriel, DEI Powersports Division Manager

Miller stated, “We could not have asked for a more perfect candidate for this position. We appreciate Mike’s creativity, his ability to build a strong team, and his passion for this industry. He is an enthusiast with hands-on ability that goes far in communicating how our products can be used for restoration or modification. We are lucky to have him back with DEI in this new role.”

Mike Zenone, DEI Inside Sales Supervisor

Gabriel has two decades of experience in the powersports market first working with Russell Performance Products as the company’s national motorcycle sales manager where he worked with top brands in the industry—Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Custom Chrome, LeMans and Tucker; consistently meeting the company’s sales goals. Previously he worked as a powersports manufacturer’s rep, increasing his sales experience to an expanded brand list of powersports aftermarket companies. Prior to joining DEI he served as an account manager for Progressive Suspension, LLC.

As Powersports Division Manager, Gabriel will be responsible for driving top line revenue growth with a strategic plan for this market segment which includes motorcycle, side by side (UTV), ATV, and snowmobile. He will work with all product brand managers developing new products, manage inside and outside sales representatives and represent the DEI powersports division at all B2B and B2C shows and events.

Miller stated, “DEI’s powersports division has the potential for incredible growth. This position has been open until we found the right person that had the relationships, track record and product knowledge to help us strategize for the future. We feel confident that John is the right person to lead our powersports division and represent DEI in this important and exciting market.”

For more information e-mail Tom Miller at, or call DEI at 800.264.9472. To keep up with the very latest DEI product introductions and company news connect with DEI on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or DEI’s You Tube channel, or visit

DEI Vapor Block Fuel Line Sleeving Now Available in New Diameter Sizes

AVON LAKE, OH (09.30.2019) – Problems with rough idling or difficult starting on hot days at the track or car show? Vapor lock caused by excessive engine and manifold heat could be the culprit; especially if there is a fuel line running next to a heat source or even a heater hose. DEI’s Vapor Block Fuel Line Sleeving reflects heat away from fuel lines to prevent fuel from vaporizing prior to reaching the carburetor.

Designed with a convenient split design and adhesive flap that allows for easy installation, DEI’s Vapor Block provides quick heat protection without the need to disconnect the fuel line. Simply wrap the Vapor Block Sleeve around the fuel line, remove the adhesive liner and press the adhesive flap into place.

Made of glass fiber and polyester laminated to an aluminum outer layer, Vapor Block offers excellent thermal protection, up to 302°F continuous or 347°F for peak direct heat and can be used on any line, hose or cable for long-lasting thermal protection.

DEI’s Vapor Block Fuel Line Sleeving is available for purchase in three sizes: 5/8” x 36” (part# 010669), 3/8” x 36” (part# 010671) and 1” x 36” (part# 010672).

For more information about DEI’s Vapor Block Fuel Line Sleeve and where to buy, visit, call 800-264-9472, or e-mail: To keep up with the very latest DEI product introductions and company news connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, or subscribe to DEI’s Garage Series on You Tube.

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