QUINCY, Ill.—Titan International Inc. has sold the assets of its North American brake and actuator business to Dexter Axle Co., a manufacturer of trailer axles, brakes, hubs and drums based in Elkhart, Ind.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The brake and actuator business was part of the company's consumer business unit based at the Union City, Tenn., plant Titan acquired from Goodyear in 2011.
Dexter plans to consolidate the acquired assets at its U.S. factories, in Indiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, California and Tennessee.
Titan did not disclose the business's sales. The business was part of Titan's consumer business unit, which reported sales last year of $268 million.
“Dexter has been a leader in this industry for over 50 years and we wish them the best in the integration of the Titan product portfolio into their current offering,” Titan President Paul Reitz said.
“While this business was not aligned with our core wheel, tire, assembly and undercarriage businesses, we are excited for the opportunity this sale creates for the employees and customers, who will now be a part of Dexter Axle.”
The business being sold was acquired by Titan in 1993 as part of its purchase of industrial tire maker Dico Inc. The business, principally an assembly operation using purchased components, was moved to the Union City factory a couple of years ago, Titan said.
Bryan Thursby, vice president of sales and marketing of Dexter Axle, said Dexter is “eager to bring the additional options to our current customers and are looking forward to meet with and continue serving Titan's customers.”
Dexter Axle is majority owned by a fund managed by Sterling Group, a leading private equity firm based in Houston.