In October 2006 Wynnchurch Capital (“Wynnchurch”) acquired SPX Dock Products from SPX Corporation and renamed it 4Front Engineered Solutions, Inc. ("4Front"). 4Front, a leading manufacturer of loading dock equipment, resulted from the combination of two companies (Kelly and Serco) that started in the 1950s.
Our investment in this Troy, MI-based maker of heavy-duty axles has been characterized by Wynnchurch partner John Hatherly as a "cooperative disposition" in which we helped achieve results for AxleTech far beyond what their corporate parent envisioned for them.
Henniges was formed as a result of the combination of two competing vehicle sealing suppliers, Metzler North America and GDX Automotive. In September 2007, Wynnchurch acquired the North American operations of Metzeler from its distressed European parent.
Wynnchurch Capital acquired U.S. Pipe and Foundry Company, LLC (“U.S. Pipe” or the “Company”) in April 2012. U.S. Pipe was a non-core division of Mueller Water Products (NYSE: MWA) that was underperforming.