Automotive supplier Freudenberg-NOK has purchased a Troy, Ohio, manufacturer of polytetrafluoroethylene seals and parts, mainly for the auto market. Tri-Dayton makes PTFE seals and parts for power steering, car transmissions, air conditioning and suspension systems at its 33,000-square-foot Troy plant, using compression molding and some extrusion. Freudenberg-NOK will run the company as a division. The firms finalized the deal July 17. Terms were not disclosed.
For the past year, Freudenberg-NOK has wanted to bring its supply of PTFE subcomponents in-house, as part of its lean systems program, according to Shannon Day, spokeswoman for the Plymouth, Mich., firm.
Tri-Dayton has been making those products for Freudenberg-NOK for about 13 years, she said.
Tri-Dayton also will continue to supply PTFE parts to customers GM Powertrain, Delphi, TRW, Monroe and the Copeland Division of Emerson Electric. Its business mix is about 65 percent automotive, 35 percent general industry applications, such as hydraulic seals for heavy-duty machinery, Day said. This year's sales should reach $7 million, she said.
From Troy, Tri-Dayton will head up PTFE technology and product design for both Freudenberg & Co. and NOK Corp., which already manufacture PTFE parts in Reichelsheim, Germany, and Nihon Matsu, Japan, respectively, Day said.
The Troy plant employs about 50 workers. Also remaining on board are Tri-Dayton's former co-owners: Larry Beam, as vice president and general manager, and Richard Bowell, as vice president of technology. They will report to Freudenberg-NOK's chief executive officer, Joseph Day.
Freudenberg-NOK makes engine and transmission seals, custom molded rubber and plastic components, vibration control systems and aftermarket rebuild kits. The firm's primary thrust is automotive, but its Specialty Products Group also makes parts for the appliance and health-care markets, among others. It employs about 3,600 at 14 plants in North America.
The firm is a partnership between Freudenberg of Weinheim, Germany, and NOK of Tokyo.