A new global engineering and manufacturing firm serving the heavy-duty trucking industry has opened its executive offices in central Alabama and will expand North American manufacturing operations later this year. Axle Brake Technology Corp (ABT), based in Hayneville AL, will provide heavy-duty axles and a complete line of axle and brake components to original equipment truck and trailer manufacturers and the aftermarket.
According to Rod Richardson, chief executive officer/president of ABT, opening the manufacturing operation in or around the Central Alabama Enterprise and Renewal Zone is one key to ABT's long-term vision. The other is ABT's ability to apply innovative design, engineering, and manufacturing concepts.
ABT's product line will include heavy-duty axles and brake components for Class 6, 7, and 8 trucks and trailers for original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket. These components include heavy-duty axles, automatic slack adjusters, custom forgings, S-cams, brake shoes, brake kits, and other heavy-duty truck and trailer components.
ABT has three manufacturing facilities in key Asian markets, with a fourth under construction. Current ABT warehousing facilities in North Carolina will soon be augmented by the new North American central distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing facility in or around the Central Alabama Renewal and Enterprise Zone.