Clair brothers keep family’s engine machine shop running strong

FOCUS SHIFT: Stephen Clair, left, and Brad Clair, brothers and co-owners of Simplex Engine & Repair Co. in Providence, a third-generation, family-owned machine and engine parts company, say auto dealers were once a major part of the company’s client base, but the focus has shifted to heavy-duty construction companies. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
FOCUS SHIFT: Stephen Clair, left, and Brad Clair, brothers and co-owners of Simplex Engine & Repair Co. in Providence, a third-generation, family-owned machine and engine parts company, say auto dealers were once a major part of the company’s client base, but the focus has shifted to heavy-duty construction companies. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Brothers Brad and Stephen Clair share a lot more than DNA. Always close, the Bristol natives grew up working for the family company, Simplex Engine & Repair Co., then went on to College of the Holy Cross, where they both studied history. And for the better part of the last four decades, they’ve run the…

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