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December 28, 2017 10:45 AM, EST

Accuride to Add Five Distribution Centers

Truck wheels at an Accuride plant Accuride Corp.

Commercial vehicle supplier Accuride Corp. announced it will extend its North American distribution network to target key regional markets to reduce lead times and provide aftermarket customers with new shipment options.

During the first quarter of 2018, Accuride will phase in operation of five additional North American distribution centers, augmenting its primary Batavia, Ill., facility, according to the Evansville, Ind.-based company. Accuride’s products include Accuride wheels and KIC and Gunite-brand wheel end components.

Nearly all facilities in the network will offer customers the opportunity to order mixed-load shipments of Accuride wheels and KIC and Gunite-brand wheel-end components.

In addition, the network’s regionally targeted footprint and inventory stocking plan will allow Accuride to offer reduced lead times on the majority of its high-volume products across industry channels.

“With our expanded distribution network, our products will be available when and where customers need them, on shorter, competitive lead times for our most popular, in-demand products,” Accuride CEO Rick Dauch said in a statement.

The realignment of Accuride’s network follows an analysis of its combined customer ship-to locations, purchasing patterns, product stocking requirements and lane optimization.