Deshler Group Grows, Adding New Affiliate Unibond

Deshler Group Grows, Adding New Affiliate Unibond

August 17, 2018

Unibond, formerly known as Uni-Bond Brake, LLC, is now a member of the Deshler Group family of companies. Learn more here and watch for their new website, arriving soon.

LIVONIA, Michigan – Dec 14, 2017 – Livonia-based Deshler Group, Inc., a global provider of integrated supply-chain solutions to Tier I automotive manufacturers, acquired Ferndale-based Uni-Bond Brake, LLC, manufacturing brake systems, including shoes, components, and hardware for heavy-duty and automotive applications.  The acquisition was finalized December 1, 2017.

Deshler Group is made up of seven sister brands that offer a range of services including manufacturing, assembly, distribution, IT, warehousing and transport.  Currently operating facilities in Michigan, Ohio and Costa Rica, the addition of Uni-Bond will establish Deshler Group’s first asset based in Oakland County, as well as diversifying the group’s aftermarket offerings and manufacturing capabilities.

In the near term, Uni-Bond will continue to operate with its current staff and management in place, and will align its operations with Amanda Products, Deshler Group’s aftermarket brand.  Currently operating as a consumer-facing company offering Jeep and off-road accessories on the retail market, the addition of Uni-Bond will expand Amanda Products’ focus to include B-to-B aftermarket sales and services.

“We’re very confident that Uni-Bond’s decades-long record of success and reliability positions them as a perfect addition to Deshler Group, especially with their expertise in this area of automotive that usually falls outside the scope of companies that focus on the consumer auto market,” said Robert Gruschow, president of Deshler Group.

Based in Ferndale, Uni-Bond, LLC, has been serving aftermarket customers and OEM suppliers since 1952.  The company’s product line includes light and heavy vehicle components and complete brake systems.  Uni-bond’s on-site manufacturing capabilities include stamping, MIG welding and electric projection welding.  The company was also among the first suppliers to achieve the QS-9000 OEM quality standard certification, and has been awarded the TS-16949 quality certification, established as the industry standard by global automakers.

“When we pursue any opportunities to diversify in the manufacturing space, it’s essential that we’re sure that the new assets will be a good fit for our integrated model, and that they’ll bring something new to the table,” added Gruschow.

“Heavy-use drum brakes serve a very specific market, but that market includes some of our most vital public needs, including transit, waste pickup, construction and heavy freight,” Gruschow said. “To integrate Uni-Bond’s operations with our comprehensive approach to delivering end-to-end solutions allows all of us to benefit from the increased reach and specialized knowledge that each partner provides.”

After a major strategy shift in 2009, Deshler Group has experienced continuous annual growth, and was named by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2017 as one of the top 50 Fastest Growing Businesses in Michigan.  Following an extensive renovation of their flagship facility in Livonia, which houses primary operations for four of Deshler Group’s seven sister brands, Deshler Group acquired Livonia-based MSD Stamping in 2016, which joined Deshler’s existing Amanda Manufacturing brand.  Deshler’s original Amanda Manufacturing asset in Logan, Ohio, has also undergone a multi-year expansion, almost doubling the size of the shop floor, and with new offices housing management, design and engineering operations to be completed in mid-2018.