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Dexter Axle Company Acquires Silent Drive

Dexter, headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, employs more than 2,400 people in the U.S. and Canada.


DexKo Global Inc., a global leader in highly engineered trailer running gear, chassis assemblies and related components, recently announced that its subsidiary, Dexter Axle Company, has acquired Silent Drive, located in Orange City, Iowa. Since 1953, Silent Drive has served the specialty heavy duty suspension market offering air suspensions for liftable tags and pushers, drive axle suspensions, as well as primary and auxiliary lift axles on trailers. Silent Drive is a leader in the specialty heavy duty suspension industry, serving customers in the United States and Canada.

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Dexter, headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, employs more than 2,400 people in the U.S. and Canada and operates 16 manufacturing facilities. Founded in 1960, Dexter serves the utility trailer, recreational vehicle, marine, heavy duty, agricultural, and specialty markets. 

Dexter Axle Company, a subsidiary of DexKo Global Inc., acquires Silent Drive. Welcoming Silent Drive to the Dexter family.

“The addition of Silent Drive to Dexter’s already-diverse product portfolio will further expand our specialty heavy duty and suspension capabilities, allowing continuous growth for both brands,” said Adam Dexter, president & CEO, Dexter. “Our companies’ core foundations of innovation and delivering a quality product align exceptionally well.” 

“Silent Drive has built a solid company, growing through product innovation and customer service. We appreciate their focus on industry-leading products and look forward to the continued growth this new partnership provides,” states Fred Bentley, CEO of DexKo Global. “After completing five acquisitions in 2019, this is our first acquisition in 2020.  We continue to broaden our industry-leading product offering, expand our geographic reach and diversify our customer base.  The acquisition of Silent Drive allows us to do this.  The Dexter and Silent Drive teams are committed to building our combined companies and supporting our “Together is Better” culture.” 




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