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Chassix is the leading largest single integrated resource for high- quality, precision casting and machining solutions with manufacturing capabilities in key regions around the world. Chassix was formed through the integration of the Diversified Machine, Inc. (DMI) and SMW, LLC (SMW) businesses.

Check out our major company milestones below:

2018

Acquisition of BENTELER Automotive Farsund’s Lightweight Aluminum Low Pressure Casting Business.

2017

Plans in place to establish a greenfield plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

2017

Refinance/ dividend recapitalization.

2016

Bristol de-stress plan complete. Quoting and winning business.

2016

New Board of Directors and new senior management in place. Closing Petit, MI facility - consolidating production into other Chassix facilities.

2015

Emerged from bankruptcy in July 2015.

2014

Bristol manufacturing issues arise. Closed Milwaukee, Wisconsin facility - exited non-core businesses.

2013

Began integration of DMI and SMW. Opened new machining plant in Columbus, Georgia adjacent to existing Chassix iron foundry. Closed Edon, Ohio machining plant, consolidating production into other Chassix facilities.

2012

Chassix was formed through the integration of two industry leaders: DMI and SMW Automotive, becoming the industry's largest single resource for high-quality, precision casting and machining solutions. Opened second manufacturing facility in Brazil - a machining plant in Minas Gerais to service Fiat business. Opened aluminum casting foundry in Benton Harbor, MI. Company divested the DMI Vaux business.

2011

Opened China metal shop – expanded global footprint to accommodate customer needs. Opened Warren, MI - Blackstone machining facility.

2010

Purchased chassis plant in Barcelona, Spain, from Metaldyne – increased global machining footprint. Opened its state-of-the-art 130,000 sq.ft. Shelbyville, Tennessee manufacturing facility particularly to focus on serving those European and Asian OEMs that have established a manufacturing footprint in the Southeast U.S.

2009

Purchased Intermet Columbus Foundry – enhanced vertical integration through the addition of ductile iron casting capabilities. Purchased Iztapalapa, Mexico, plant from Metaldyne - enhanced machining expertise and established global footprint. Purchased the assets of Intermet Stevensville, Michigan plant, a manufacturer of aluminum castings and re-started manufacturing in late 2009. Launched 26 transfer programs for its customers (GM, Chrysler, Ford and Mercedes).

2008

Launched Citation and Butler, Indiana programs – added gravity casting capabilities. Opened a wholly-owned, green-field, 150,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, with both machining and aluminum casting capabilities.

2007

Purchased Hayes Lemmerz Suspension – achieved vertical integration through the addition of aluminum casting capabilities. Purchased Aluminum Casting and Engineering Company – added unique thin-wall, high-speed casting capability for customized products. Opened Wixom Technical Center – established product design and testing capabilities. Opened CMI, Port Huron.

2005

Purchased Uni Boring – established core platform with precision machining. Purchased the North American assets of AutoChassis International, a manufacturer of suspension and chassis systems and transferred the operations to the Company's Warren manufacturing facility. Formed the Hong Kong subsidiary SMW Automotive Limited holding company of each Chinese subsidiary in China. Opened a wholly-owned state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Wuhan to serve the Chinese automotive market.

2004

Purchased second Port Huron, Michigan facility. Built new manufacturing facility in Compiegne, France.

2003

Built Batavia, New York facility.

2000

Opened engineering and design center in Hyderabad, India.

1999

Acquired LeRoy Industries, a major supplier of steering knuckles to Ford Motor Company.

1998

Opened first Port Huron, Michigan facility.

1997

Established São Paulo, Brazil facility to serve local market.

1996

Opened first Warren, Michigan facility to produce control arms and steering knuckles for General Motors.