Summer brings exciting expansion news. Deshler has formally acquired MSD Stamping, LLC, a metal stamping company based in Livonia, Michigan. Purchased from the ContMid Group (CMG), owned by Monomoy Capital Partners based in New York, MSD will become a division of Amanda Manufacturing, Deshler’s metalforming affiliate based in Logan, Ohio.

Specializing in metal stamping and wireforming, MSD produces nut insertion clips, fasteners, and door/hood striker assemblies. Highly regarded in the automotive industry, MSD is a long-term supplier, as is Deshler, to major automakers. In fact, an automaker first sparked Deshler’s interest in acquiring MSD. “Typically, a customer chooses a supplier based on good engineering and safety considerations, and sticks with that company…the customer was comfortable with us being the buyer here,” according to Robert Gruschow, President of Deshler Group.

This acquisition is a natural fit, as Amanda Manufacturing already specializes in expert metalformed parts, including hood strikers. MSD’s door striker assembly production will expertly round out these capabilities. “Our customer has worked with us for many years on hood strikers and with MSD on door strikers, and now we will offer a complete range of parts as a single supplier. Moreover, this will give us greater access to the market and allow us to develop business with other customers,” said Gruschow.

Evolving technology and proven engineering expertise make for lasting companies, and that certainly holds true here. MSD’s product solutions are very complementary to parts produced by Amanda Manufacturing. For example, Gruschow identified a particular assembly that “uses spin riveting to attach a rod to stamping. Although they chose a different solution than we would have, they do it well and we can learn from each other.”

Deshler is known for its full spectrum of services, from warehousing and assembly to transportation and supply chain management. These in-house capabilities will enable Deshler to offer comprehensive support for MSD products, from manufacture to customer delivery, with careful management of every step in between.

Amanda Manufacturing’s Ohio headquarters and its new location, Amanda Manufacturing Michigan in the former MSD facility in Livonia, are already forging a strong working relationship. Both locations will continue to offer superior metalforming and assemblies to current and future customers, with more news to come in the months ahead.