INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, announced on Sept. 9 that it has acquired the assets and certain liabilities of Walker Die Casting, located in Lewisburg, Tennessee, and C&R Tool and Engineering, located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
“We are delighted to announce the acquisitions of Walker Die Casting and C&R Tool and Engineering,” said Allison Transmission President and CEO David S. Graziosi. “Walker’s products are a critical component in the manufacture and quality of our on-highway transmissions. We plan to grow the business and continue the heritage established by Robert Walker in 1958.”
Walker produces aluminum castings and has been a supplier to Allison for 20 years. The Walker family sought a buyer for the business, allowing Allison to purchase the assets of the company that supplies essential components for its core on-highway transmission products. Allison is committed to continuing the 60-year-old company’s legacy. C&R Tool and Engineering is a leading supplier of metalworking tools for use at Walker and other companies.
Walker Die Casting and C&R Tool and Engineering will be run as Allison Transmission plants and continue to operate in their respective locations. Walker Die Casting is the second-largest employer in Lewisburg, employing several hundred people.
“While it is always hard to let go of the business you built, we are proud that it will remain in good hands with Allison Transmission,” said John Walker, Walker Die Casting president and son of the founder.
Allison paid approximately $103 million in cash for the Walker Die Casting and C&R Tool and Engineering assets. Allison does not expect the acquisitions to have a material impact on current fiscal year earnings.
About Walker Die Casting
Walker Die Casting, Inc. is a for-profit Tennessee corporation that has produced high-quality aluminum die castings since 1958. The Lewisburg facility produces castings for various automobile parts, commercial vehicle parts, and outboard motor parts for customers throughout the United States and in various foreign countries.
About C&R Tool and Engineering
C&R Tool and Engineering, Inc., which was founded in 1956, produces die cast dies and tooling using the latest technology and processes.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Allison transmissions are used in many applications, including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, Allison is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China, and Brazil, with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. www.allisontransmission.com