The new owners eventually invested $100 million to build a farm tire plant in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India, which started production in late 2009
Prior to getting involved in the bid for Alliance, Mr. Mahansaria was CEO of India-based Balkrishna Tyres Ltd.
Employing more than 2,500 worldwide, ATG is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of off-highway tires with a focus on the agricultural, forestry and construction industries. Besides the factories in India and Israel, ATG has R&D facilities in Israel, India, the U.S. and South Africa.
The company's primary brands Alliance, Galaxy and Primex are available in more than 120 countries, ATG said. ATG added the Galaxy and Primex brands in late 2009, buying them from GPX International Inc. through the U.S. bankruptcy court system.
ATG reported sales of $500 million in fiscal 2011, making it the 46th largest tire maker worldwide.
ATG is represented in North America by Alliance Tire Americas Inc. of Wakefield, Mass.
Founded in 1976, KKR is a global investment firm with $75.5 billion in assets under management as of Dec. 31, the company said. Lead by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, the firm said it manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes.
KKR's stake in ATG is being made through investment funds and will be supported by a financing tranche led by private equity firm TCW/Crescent Mezzanine L.L.C. with additional participation by the Ivy High Income Fund, ATG said.
Credit Suisse served as the financial adviser to ATG and Nine Rivers Capital Holdings Pvt. Ltd. advised the founders. Barclays Bank Plc and JPMorgan Chase & Co. served as advisors to KKR for the transaction.
"We would be delighted to have KKR as our new incoming partner. Our team is impressed by KKR's franchise and its strong track record," Mr. Mahansaria said. "KKR's investment will enable us to continue to expand into new markets, make strategic acquisitions, and help scale our global presence. We would also like to thank Warburg Pincus for its support during the past six years as it helped create and build ATG into the global industry leader that it is today."