FORT WORTH, Texas (June 19, 2000) — Aluminum wheel marketer Enkei International is moving its headquarters and aftermarket distribution center to Fort Worth, where the subsidiary of Japan´s Enkei Holdings hopes to establish production for North American aftermarket customers within three to five years.
The move to Fort Worth coincides with Enkei International´s reorganization into a strictly aftermarket company, according to Mike Anderson, project manager, who said Enkei International is considered one of the three largest aftermarket wheel suppliers in North America.
Enkei International recently divested its original equipment activities to another Enkei Group company in Columbus, Ind., and will be closing its Madison Heights, Mich., office by June 30. The company´s Long Beach, Calif., sales office closed June 1.
The new headquarters will be housed initially in an 80,000-sq.-ft. building in Forth Worth´s Alliance industrial park, Mr. Anderson said, but Enkei International has an option on a 15-acre plot at the same site for future expansion, including setting up production of aluminum wheels for the aftermarket.
Enkei initially will employ 45 at the facility, which is scheduled to open July 1.
The site features a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Intermodal center, accepting shipments by rail from the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico.
"Alliance offers many advantages, including...one of the largest intermodal centers in the country," Mr. Anderson said. "The rail connection is vital because all of our products arrive at the Port of Long Beach, where they are transferred to train. Also two-thirds of our customers are located in the southern third of the United States."
Enkei Holdings develops and manufactures aluminum wheels for both original equipment and aftermarket distribution for automobiles and motorcycles globally.