Accuride's Henderson facility was established in 1974 as part of what was then Firestone Steel Products, the forerunner of Accuride Corp. The 364,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing center is on 118 acres in Henderson.
The company's customer base includes heavy-duty commercial truck and trailer original equipment manufacturers, commercial vehicle fleets and distributors in the commercial vehicle aftermarket. Its Henderson facility also is home to Accuride's wheel research and development center as well as the company's wheel product development and testing facilities.
"Our commitment to install an advanced-technology coating line at our Henderson plant will strengthen our ability to supply industry-leading steel wheel products to the North American commercial vehicle market," said Rick Dauch, Accuride president and CEO. "Henderson's range of steel wheels provides customers with several options to reduce vehicle weight, boost fuel economy, fight corrosion and achieve long-life performance. Thanks to its new paint line, Henderson will stand alone in the industry in its ability to formulate customized coating solutions and deliver them via its advanced new coatings process."
To encourage investment and job growth in Henderson, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved Accuride for tax incentives up to $600,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.