Norfolk Transmission and Muffler

Norfolk Auto Repair

Meet Our Staff

Norfolk Transmission & Muffler understands the importance of finding a well-trained & qualified automotive transmission technician in the Norfolk area. This is why our expert transmission technician staff is professionally trained and certified. Each transmission repair expert on our Norfolk automotive service shop staff strives for excellence in every automotive repair service our shop offers.

Ron Lingenfelter

General Manager

We usually feature one of our great employees here, but some of you have asked about me. I would rather brag about the other guys but here goes.. I have been married for 40 years to Bette. We have 3 great kids. My son Ryan is married to Lisa. They live in Omaha where Ryan works in sales and marketing dental equipment. My daughter Amber is married to Brian King. They have 3 children. My daughter Ashley is married to Preston Frasch and they have a son and daughter. My daughters own Uprooted Boutique.

I have worked here since 1978. I worked my way through college at Northeast Community College, and graduated from there in 1981. In 1986, I took over management here when my brother had his accident. I serve on the ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association) International Board of Directors. Currently, I serve on the Midwest Chapter Board of ATRA. My hobbies in my spare time have changed from auto racing, which I did for many years, to woodworking. I enjoy racing now as a spectator. Our family enjoys camping. I also belong to two Bible study groups and enjoy that. My real passion has always been my kids. Now that they have grown up, I am looking forward to furthering my passion with grandchildren. I have 4 granddaughters and 3 grandsons, and I have to say that being a grandpa is one of my greatest thrills.

Rob Hans

Torque Converter Rebuilder

Rob has been employed at Norfolk Transmission since 1984. While attending Northeast Community College in 1984, Rob began his career working part time as a R&R technician for NTM. After graduating he soon began rebuilding transmissions and also machining transmission parts. At that time he was attending several night classes at the college to further his knowledge in the areas of welding & machining.

In 1989 Norfolk Transmission purchased TCRS torque converter rebuilding equipment and Rob began his new career at NTM rebuilding torque converters. Rob has attended most of the yearly torque converter rebuilding seminars to further his knowledge in the industry. Rob served on the TCRA (Torque Converter Rebuilder Association) board of directors for two years, 2010-2012. He has written several articles for the TCRA newsletter and has received the Innovation Award twice, 2014 & 2015, for the top innovation in rebuilding torque converters.

Rob is married and has two children and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending weekends at the farm where he grew up south of Wynot, NE. He now owns that acreage for his own weekend getaway.

Rod Palmer

Transmission Rebuilder

Rod has been with Norfolk Transmission and Muffler since 1988. He is ASE and ATRA certified and attends multiple seminars annually to stay abreast of developing automotive technology. Rod graduated with a degree in Automotive Mechanics from the Universal Technical Institute. He came to Norfolk Transmission and Muffler with one year of experience and has continued to learn and rebuilds more of the most difficult transmissions we see. Rod grew up on his parent's ranch near Chambers, NE.  Rod is married and has one son who shares his love of roping.  He and his son go to rodeos throughout the summer.  Rod is very active with the Madison High School Rodeo Club and helps the 4-H Clubs out at the Madison County Fair.

Randy Howser

Diagnostician & Transmission Rebuilder

Randy has been employed by Norfolk Transmission since 1992. He originally ran the dynamometer and later moved to transmission rebuilding. Randy said, “I try to make sure that things are as close to perfect as they can be so they last well beyond the warranty period. I want the transmissions I work on to be better than factory.” Randy attended Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, for four years and Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, for two years, obtaining an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology. He attends multiple seminars annually to keep current on his knowledge of the constantly evolving technology of transmissions.

Randy and his wife Ginger are EMTs with the Battle Creek Fire & Rescue and have three married daughters living in Northeast Nebraska along with their five grandchildren. Randy’s leisure activities include hunting, fishing, and camping. He is a member of Pheasants Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation and volunteers as a youth mentor/instructor for Nebraska Game and Parks as well as being a Range Safety Officer. Randy and Norfolk Transmission are eager to serve you . . . to meet and exceed your expectations. Please call upon Randy and Norfolk Transmission for your transmission and exhaust needs.

Robert Crawford

Parts and Service Manager

Rob is Parts & Service Manager at Norfolk Transmission & Muffler and has worked here since March of 1999. Rob graduated from Plainview High School and attended Northeast Community College. He has been married to Kristi for over 38 years.  They have one daughter, Kayla who along with their granddaughter, Memphis, also lives in Norfolk.

Rob enjoys working outdoors and also enjoys collecting items such as Coca Cola products, Nebraska Husker and Kansas City sports memorabilia. Prior to beginning work with NT&M Rob served as Purchasing Director for Beef America.

Harriet Lorenz

Office Manager

The first person or voice you usually will encounter when calling or stopping at Norfolk Transmission will be Harriet. She has been our office manager since 2006. She went to Neligh High School and later worked for 28 years at Vishay/Dale Electronics then attended Northeast Community College and received an Associates Degree in Office Management and Ag. Harriet loves working here and says "NTM is a great place to work. The people I work with are easy to work with as a team."

She married Loren in 1973 when he was in the Navy so their first years of marriage saw them living at various locations all around the U.S. She loves to be outside working in the flower beds, mowing the grass, putting puzzles together, working on the kid’s afghans, walking up to five miles a day and enjoying their dog, “Lil Bit.” She is a big Husker football and volleyball and Kansas City Chiefs football fan. She and Loren enjoy traveling and their favorite place to visit is Alaska or just “road-tripping”, especially to visit Harriet’s brother and his wife, a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Harriet was born and raised on the farm and says that is why she enjoys spending time outside. Their family farm has been in the family name for 150 years.

Jeremy Gnat


Jeremy worked with Norfolk Transmission from 1995 to 2000 as an R&R and exhaust technician and then returned in 2017 to operate the Dyno and rebuild racer's Powerglide transmissions.

Randy Wolff


Randy has been at NT&M since 2016 serving on the maintenance team as well as assisting our aluminum recycling customers.

Randy has four children living in the Norfolk and Lincoln areas: Mandy, Kinsey, Kash & Caden and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with the family and playing football and outdoor games with them. Randy enjoys collecting and trading antiques and traveling to antique shows and events around the area.

Ron Nealeigh


Ron joined NTM early in 2019 after being involved in businesses in the Norfolk area for over 35 years. Ron enjoys getting to travel around the three state region visiting NTM customer’s shops one-on-one on a daily basis helping shops meet their customer’s transmission needs. Ron wants to make sure NTM is your first choice and best option when you need transmission rebuilds, parts or service.

Ron and his wife Ellen were married in 1977 and have four children and five grandchildren. Ron and Ellen spend a lot of their free time enjoying their grandchildren who live in the Lincoln and Washington DC areas, bicycling and traveling. They also are heavily involved with activities at their church and provide leadership to a ministry to International Students who attend area colleges.

Ryan Hader


Ryan grew up in the Clarkson, Nebraska area attending Clarkson High School and Southeast Community College. He came to NT&M in 2020 with over 25 years of mechanical experience.

Ryan and his wife Megan have children, Alexander, Andrew, Austen, Aiden, Ashten and Addesen. They have one granddaughter, Bryleigh.

Dave Holmberg


Dave joined the Norfolk Transmission team in 2020 with 8 years of previous repair experience. Dave is one of our R&R technicians and also applies his skill in custom exhaust in custom exhaust systems, mufflers and tailpipes working with customers to specialize the systems for their vehicle needs. Dave and his wife Debra have a blended family with 5 grown children and 9 grandchildren. They enjoy camping and spending time with family.

Mike Test


Kyle Pfifer


Jesus Hernandez


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