AKRON, Ohio -- Creative Engineered Polymer Products LLC -- formerly Carlisle Engineered Products Inc., which was acquired last year by a private equity firm -- has purchased a factory in Ohio to make auto parts.
The Vandalia, Ohio, plant was purchased from Parker Hannifin Corp. of Cleveland. Terms were not disclosed.
The plant makes flexible automotive boots, such as drivetrain boots and constant velocity joints.
It housed Parker Hannifin's thermoplastics division. It employs 93 people and runs 39 presses -- both injection molding machines and equipment to do press blow molding, a process that combines blow molding and injection molding to make bellows and boots.
The acquisition fits with Creative Engineered Polymer Products' goal of expanding into new product lines that fit with its core area of plastics and rubber automotive components, according to Bruce Fassett, vice president of sales and marketing.
The auto supplier is based in Akron, Ohio, and runs a sales and engineering center in Livonia, Mich. The supplier is owned by Reserve Group, also of Akron.
Carlisle Cos. sold its automotive unit, Carlisle Engineered Products, to equity firm Reserve Group in August 2005.