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Chassix is the leading largest single integrated resource for high- quality, precision casting and machining solutions with manufacturing capabilities in key regions around the world. Chassix was formed through the integration of the Diversified Machine, Inc. (DMI) and SMW, LLC (SMW) businesses.

Check out our major company milestones below:


Acquisition of BENTELER Automotive Farsund’s Lightweight Aluminum Low Pressure Casting Business.


Plans in place to establish a greenfield plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


Refinance/ dividend recapitalization.


Bristol de-stress plan complete. Quoting and winning business.


New Board of Directors and new senior management in place. Closing Petit, MI facility - consolidating production into other Chassix facilities.


Emerged from bankruptcy in July 2015.


Bristol manufacturing issues arise. Closed Milwaukee, Wisconsin facility - exited non-core businesses.


Began integration of DMI and SMW. Opened new machining plant in Columbus, Georgia adjacent to existing Chassix iron foundry. Closed Edon, Ohio machining plant, consolidating production into other Chassix facilities.


Chassix was formed through the integration of two industry leaders: DMI and SMW Automotive, becoming the industry's largest single resource for high-quality, precision casting and machining solutions. Opened second manufacturing facility in Brazil - a machining plant in Minas Gerais to service Fiat business. Opened aluminum casting foundry in Benton Harbor, MI. Company divested the DMI Vaux business.


Opened China metal shop – expanded global footprint to accommodate customer needs. Opened Warren, MI - Blackstone machining facility.


Purchased chassis plant in Barcelona, Spain, from Metaldyne – increased global machining footprint. Opened its state-of-the-art 130,000 sq.ft. Shelbyville, Tennessee manufacturing facility particularly to focus on serving those European and Asian OEMs that have established a manufacturing footprint in the Southeast U.S.


Purchased Intermet Columbus Foundry – enhanced vertical integration through the addition of ductile iron casting capabilities. Purchased Iztapalapa, Mexico, plant from Metaldyne - enhanced machining expertise and established global footprint. Purchased the assets of Intermet Stevensville, Michigan plant, a manufacturer of aluminum castings and re-started manufacturing in late 2009. Launched 26 transfer programs for its customers (GM, Chrysler, Ford and Mercedes).


Launched Citation and Butler, Indiana programs – added gravity casting capabilities. Opened a wholly-owned, green-field, 150,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, with both machining and aluminum casting capabilities.


Purchased Hayes Lemmerz Suspension – achieved vertical integration through the addition of aluminum casting capabilities. Purchased Aluminum Casting and Engineering Company – added unique thin-wall, high-speed casting capability for customized products. Opened Wixom Technical Center – established product design and testing capabilities. Opened CMI, Port Huron.


Purchased Uni Boring – established core platform with precision machining. Purchased the North American assets of AutoChassis International, a manufacturer of suspension and chassis systems and transferred the operations to the Company's Warren manufacturing facility. Formed the Hong Kong subsidiary SMW Automotive Limited holding company of each Chinese subsidiary in China. Opened a wholly-owned state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Wuhan to serve the Chinese automotive market.


Purchased second Port Huron, Michigan facility. Built new manufacturing facility in Compiegne, France.


Built Batavia, New York facility.


Opened engineering and design center in Hyderabad, India.


Acquired LeRoy Industries, a major supplier of steering knuckles to Ford Motor Company.


Opened first Port Huron, Michigan facility.


Established São Paulo, Brazil facility to serve local market.


Opened first Warren, Michigan facility to produce control arms and steering knuckles for General Motors.