VIPAR, Accuride ink three year deal

News Jason Cannon March 21, 2013

VIPAR Heavy Duty and Accuride Corporation announced Thursday the completion of a new three year agreement. Under the agreement, VIPAR Heavy Duty will offer Accuride Wheels, Gunite wheel-end components and Imperial Group products.

“VIPAR Heavy Duty has had a long term relationship with Accuride Corporation in the US, Canada, and Mexico,” said Steve Crowley, president and CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty. “This new agreement recognizes the strong commitment that Accuride continues to show in the aftermarket through their investment in the infrastructure and personnel to support this program.”

Products in the program include wheel band spacers, steel and aluminum wheels, and demountable rims from Accuride Wheels; brake drums, spoke wheels, air disc brakes, rotors, disc wheel hubs and automatic slack adjusters from Gunite; and Imperial fuel tanks, in-frame battery boxes and custom fit bumpers.

“Accuride’s strategic focus on delivering more dependable performance for VIPAR and our aftermarket customers led us to invest more than $150 million in operational improvements in our business in 2011-2013,” Rick Dauch, president and CEO of Accuride Corporation says. “The resulting step-change gains we’re seeing in our quality, delivery, and lead time performance make long term agreements like this possible.”