Wheel Pros, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of branded automotive aftermarket wheels, performance tires and accessories, announced that it has acquired the assets of the Borbet Manufacturing Facility in Auburn, Alabama. The acquisition expands on Wheel Pros’ existing cast wheel manufacturing operations in York, South Carolina, the company said.
The Auburn Facility previously produced wheels for OEM customers but will be converted to an aftermarket wheel manufacturing facility under Wheel Pros’ ownership. Wheel Pros expects to begin production of cast wheels within a few months and shortly thereafter reach run-rate production of approximately 1.5 million wheels annually across its manufacturing footprint.
Wheel Pros made its first investment in domestic manufacturing in 2018 with its acquisition of the 220,000 square foot York Facility. Wheel Pros has produced cast wheels at that facility since 2019 and has created over 150 full-time jobs in the process and expects employment to reach over 250 jobs at the York Facility, the company says. At the larger Auburn Facility, Wheel Pros expects to create over 300 full-time jobs.
“This investment secures our position as a leader in our industry and provides us with full control of the entire manufacturing process, ensuring that our customers receive nothing but the best quality products,” said Randy White, CEO and co-founder of Wheel Pros. “We know our customers want the option to purchase products made in America, and with our facilities in South Carolina and Alabama, we can provide them with the highest quality wheels with our leading designs.”
“We are very excited to continue investing in future growth in the United States. There is great talent in Auburn and we look forward to working together with the community there,” added Jody Groce, president and co-founder of Wheel Pros.