2017.02.01_Dexter Acquires the Axle Brake and Actuation Assets from Tie Down Engineering
By Jim Berry, Director of Marketing | Posted Feb 1, 2017, 12:10 PM

Dexter Acquires the Axle, Brake & Actuation Assets from Tie Down Engineering

DexKo Global Inc., the global leader in highly engineered trailer running gear, chassis assemblies, and related components, is pleased to announce that Dexter has acquired the axle, brake and actuation business assets from Tie Down Engineering, Inc. (“Tie Down”) located in Atlanta, GA. Tie Down was founded in 1969 by Chuck MacKarvich, serving the construction, utility, industrial & marine markets.  Tie Down will continue to operate, providing products and services from their manufactured housing, roofing, marine and industrial laser divisions.

“By adding Tie Down’s axle, brake and actuation products to our marine product portfolio, we continue to improve our industry leading portfolio of customer solutions.  This acquisition broadens our aftermarket offering and as all of our recent acquisitions have done, allows us further growth in adjacent areas.  The DexKo team continues to work diligently to build our company and to support our “Together is Better” culture,” states Fred Bentley, CEO of DexKo Global.  “I want to congratulate Chuck on the great business he built and we look forward to taking it to a new level of performance.”

“We are excited to add the Tie Down axle, brake & actuation business to our marine product offering to better serve our customers,” said Adam Dexter, President and CEO of Dexter. “Our plan is to offer the best portfolio of products satisfying each of our customer’s needs across the market. Tie Down’s product offering perfectly complements Dexter’s prior acquisitions of UFP and Titan, providing the market and our customers with a comprehensive product portfolio meeting all their needs.”

Dean Samuelson, President of Tie Down Engineering, will continue to lead the acquired business. “We look forward to offering Tie Down axles, brakes, and actuation to an expanded market, offering the most comprehensive marine running gear in the industry to support all of our combined customers’ requirements,” states Samuelson. “Becoming part of the Dexter family will help us grow our business with the backing of the industry leader. I am confident that this will be a smooth transition for both our customers and employees.”

DexKo Global and Dexter are majority owned by a fund managed by The Sterling Group, an operationally-focused middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas with $2.2 billion of assets under management.

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Jim Berry, Director of Marketing
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Dexter has been a leading manufacturer of trailer axles and trailer brakes for over 50 years for the utility trailer, recreation vehicle, heavy duty, manufactured housing, agricultural, marine, and specialty trailer markets. Dexter products are American made in highly automated manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Georgia, Oklahoma, California, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Ontario, and Alberta. Since 1960, OEMs have installed more than 50 million Dexter axles with the assurance that they are providing a quality product that will enhance the safe operation of their trailers. Dexter Axle is ISO 9001:2015 certified. Dexter is a wholly owned subsidiary of DexKo Global, Inc. For more information visit www.dexteraxle.com.

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