Vipar, Accuride announced 3-year deal

Vipar Heavy Duty will offer Accuride Corp.’s Accuride Wheels, Gunite wheel-end components and Imperial Group products under terms of a new three-year agreement.

“Vipar Heavy Duty has had a long-term relationship with Accuride Corp. in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,” said Steve Crowley, president and CEO, Vipar. “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 is proud of our long-standing support of Vipar, its stockholders and customers,” said Rick Dauch, president and CEO of Accuride Corp.  “The quality and geographic alignment of VIPAR stockholders ensures a strong distribution channel across North America for our products and make this agreement a win for both organizations.  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.  The resulting step-change gains we’re seeing in our quality, delivery, and lead time performance make long-term agreements like this possible.”

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