EVANSVILLE, Ind. – August 27, 2012 – Accuride Corporation (NYSE: ACW), a leading supplier of components to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced the appointment of Scott D. Hazlett as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Accuride Wheels and Gunite, reporting to Accuride President & CEO Rick Dauch. Hazlett will take on the added leadership responsibility for Accuride’s Gunite business unit on September 1, 2012, upon the retirement of Kenneth W. Sparks, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Gunite and Imperial, who is concluding three years of service to Accuride. Separately, Greg Kern, Vice President of Accuride’s Imperial Group business unit who had previously reported to Sparks, now will report directly to Dauch.
“Scott Hazlett has done an exceptional job revitalizing our core Wheels business, while directing the launch and commercialization of critical new aluminum wheel manufacturing capacity this year,” said Rick Dauch. “He is a highly effective operations leader, and I am confident that he will complete the manufacturing improvements and consolidation underway at Gunite with speed and efficiency. The members of Accuride’s Leadership Team appreciate Ken Sparks’ contributions to the company’s positive momentum and wish him the very best in his retirement.”
Hazlett joined Accuride as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Accuride Wheels, in October 2011 from Kansas City-based MachineryLink, Inc., an early-stage agricultural services firm, where he had served as President and CEO since 2006. Previously, he was a Partner with Detroit-based industrial turnaround firm Conway, Mackenzie & Dunleavy and contributed to its interim management and operations practice. Earlier in his career, he served as group president of TriMas Corporation’s $540 million Cequent Transportation Accessories unit, was Senior Vice President of CNH Global’s $1 billion global agricultural aftermarket business, and led Case Corporation’s $650 million North American aftermarket unit.
Hazlett’s corporate career was preceded by his 10-year service with the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery officer. Hazlett is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. He has an MBA from Long Island University and a Master of Education degree from Auburn University. He also completed the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Executive Management Program.
Ken Sparks joined Accuride Corporation in 2009 and subsequently led its Imperial, Gunite, and Brillion business units, as well as the former Bostrom business unit, implementing operational improvements at each. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Gunite and Imperial. In 2011, he was Vice President and General Manager of Gunite and Brillion, and in 2010 was Vice President and General Manager of Structural Products, which then included the Imperial and Bostrom units.
Accuride Corporation’s Gunite business unit, located in Rockford, Ill., is a leading producer of wheel-end components for North American commercial vehicle OEMs and the aftermarket. Its products include brake drums, disc wheel hubs, spoke wheels, rotors, and automatic slack adjusters. Gunite is consolidating all North American production into the Rockford site, which it expects to complete by the first quarter of 2013.
With headquarters in Evansville, Ind., Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the commercial vehicle industry. The company’s products include commercial vehicle wheels, wheel-end components and assemblies, truck body and chassis parts, and other commercial vehicle components. The company’s products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Gunite®, ImperialTM and BrillionTM. Accuride’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ACW. For more information, visit the Company’s website at https://accuridecorp.com.
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