Webb Wheel obtains trademark for part numbers

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Brake drum manufacturer Webb Wheel Products has obtained U.S. federal trademark registrations for its part numbers to stop their use by other manufacturers that were causing confusion in the marketplace. The company says brake drums manufactured and sold by others may not meet the quality associated with its products, possibly resulting in less-than-expected braking performance, wear characteristics and premature failures.

The company advises all distributors of its products to be diligent in assuring that drums with registered part number trademarks are supplied by Webb, adding that periodic audits throughout the supply chain will be conducted.

“Webb will tolerate no further sales or importation of product bearing its registered trademarks,” says Mike Canada, president of the Cullman, Ala.-based company’s aftermarket business unit. “Any sale of product will be met with a complaint for trademark infringement and/or other legal action, as well as proceedings before the International Trade Commission for any counterfeit products imported into the United States.”

All Webb brake drums are produced in U.S. facilities and are tested routinely to ensure they meet or exceed the criteria as set forth by the FMVSS 121 stopping distance regulations as well as the company’s own stringent quality standards. In addition to the part number, the Webb cast-in name is visible on brake drums manufactured and distributed by Webb.