KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 7, 2016) — Aftermarket wheel producer Weld Racing L.L.C. has consolidated the operations of its HiPer Technology unit at its Kansas City headquarters, a move Weld said will provide “long-term stability” for the carbon-fiber wheel maker it acquired in 2015.
“Completing the move to Kansas City allows us to consolidate and maximize many business functions, including finance, sales, engineering, marketing and customer support,” said Norm Young, president and CEO of Weld. “It also provides HiPer with access to Weld's forging operations and improved product quality and design.”
The move began March 1 and was completed in less than a month, Weld said, thus minimizing any disruptions to customers and partners of the company. Weld acquired the assets of Lawrence, Kan.-based HiPer Technology — which focuses on light-weight wheels for the ATV/UTV segment — in October 2015.
“Since the acquisition we have moved quickly and diligently to position HiPer to better serve customers and the marketplace. This has included an aggressive production build schedule for 2016,” Mr. Young said.
Weld did not say what it spent to consolidate HiPer into Kansas City nor what annual savings are expected nor how many employees were affected. Weld's Kansas City facility spans nearly 200,000 square feet of space that includes manufacturing, distribution, offices and an in-house engineering and test lab.
“With our history as a manufacturing company and the depth of resources we have available, we provide long-term stability for HiPer,” Mr. Young added.
Weld, a Granite Creek company, manufactures forged race wheels for dirt, oval, off road and drag racing, along with wheels for performance street cars and trucks. It also sells under the CCW and Rekon brand name.