About Us

​The Vilas Team
John, Paul and Mark have been working together for over 30 years.  Each is a true craftsman in every sense of the word.  They may have their own levels of expertise at specific operations of the automotive engine rebuilding and machining process, but they work as a team in exceeding customers’ expectations.  Other team members include Pat, Eric and Robert. The teamwork all members give, allows them to strive for excellence for their customers around the Brazos Valley, Texas, Texas A&M Univeristy and even NASA.  No job is too difficult or complex.  When the Vilas team is working on your project rest assured it will be completed with a conscious drive to excel fueled by experience and precision craftsmanship.  
John Vilas

The founder of Vilas Motor works.  John is a College of Engineering graduate of Texas A&M University Class of ’79.  He served in the US Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves.  He is very active with his church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bryan and has also serves on the Bryan High School Auto Tech Advisory Council.  He is married to Julie and father of 5 girls who are very active in 4H activities.
Paul Hirschler  

He has been working with John since May of 1987. He is a College of Agriculture graduate of Texas A&M University Class of ’85.  He received his Master’s in Agriculture in 1987.  He is the small engine specialists at Vilas and has vast knowledge of all machine, milling and lathe operations.  He is married to Liz and father of Francis who is currently enrolled at A&M.  
Mark Pauling  

A graduate of Bryan High School, Mark is the cylinder head specialists at Vilas Motor Works.  He has been working with John since 1987 and has received his on-the-job training through countless cylinder head rebuilds.  He is married to Dorothy and has one son.
Pat Salzmann  

She is the office manager at Vilas and has been working with John since 2001.  Her hobbies include quilting, is an avid reader and a member of The Order of the Eastern Star.  She has 5 children and is the proud grandmother of 9 grandchildren.
Robert Birdwell  

He is the engine block boring and honing specialists.  A highly gifted craftsman, Robert utilizes his skills to ensure the very best engine block machine work.  This process is the foundation of a strong and long lasting engine rebuild.
Eric Parie  

He is the newest member of the Vilas Motor Works team.  He been working with John since 2013 and is the customer service representative and performs all brake drum/rotor turning as well as flywheels and presswork.  He is married and is a father of 3 children who also volunteers for his son’s hockey team.

The team at Vilas Motor Works is dedicated to giving all their customers the best machining services
in the area, Texas and the nation.

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  1. Carlos Brown
    I have had the pleasure of working with John on my graduate research project for my Master's Degree at Texas A&M. He and his coworkers are always a joy to talk to, they have fun, but are still professional. And they are very good at what they do. You can tell John is passionate about his work, because he will talk your ear off about this motor and that new machine, etc. Exactly the kind of person you want doing precision machine work for you. I can't recommend them enough!
  2. Jason Robinson
    Excellent service and machine work! I give them 5 stars.
  3. Aaron Rice
    Great work and excellent service! 5 Stars :)