ELKHART, Ind. -- Dexter, the leading designer and manufacturer of trailer axles, brakes and related components in North America, has completed the acquisition of AL-KO VT from AL-KO SE. The combination of the companies, renamed Global Inc., has created the global leader in trailer axle and chassis supply with sales approaching nearly $1 billion.
Global Inc. is majority owned by funds managed by The Sterling Group, Dexter's current majority owners. The combined company includes AL-KO SE as a significant shareholder. Dexter and AL-KO VT will remain under their current brands as market leaders in their respective geographies. Dexter's headquarters will remain in Elkhart, Indiana.
Headquartered in , Germany, AL-KO VT is the leading European designer and manufacturer of trailer axles, trailer and caravan components, chassis and motorized chassis. The company operates from 20+ locations around the world, including in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and China.
Dexter is the clear market leader in quality, innovation and service in North America. The addition of Dexter's European counterpart will result in an even stronger organization. The two companies will be able to leverage shared resources and technology, as well as the advantages of a global footprint and significantly expanded scale.
Fred Bentley, Dexter board member and former CEO of Wheels, has been named President and CEO of Global Inc. Adam Dexter will continue in his current responsibilities as President and CEO of the US-based Dexter. Kevin Garland, a Partner at The Sterling Group, will continue as Chairman of the Board. Stefan , CEO of AL-KO SE, has been named Vice Chairman of the Board.
"I am excited by the opportunity to lead and bring together two world class organizations. We will focus on continuing to lead with great technology and customer service and to expand our strong market leadership positions. It is truly an exciting time for this new organization and we will use our collective strengths for the benefit of all of our customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders," said Fred Bentley.
"Dexter prides itself on providing unparalleled quality, innovation and the highest levels of customer service," said Adam Dexter, CEO of Dexter. "The addition of AL-KO VT and formation of Global Inc. will enhance Dexter's resources and ability to introduce new technologies and products to better serve our loyal customer base."