Webb Wheel development engineering expanded

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Webb Wheel Products announced today, Jan. 19, that the expanded development engineering capabilities of its research and development lab facilities in Cullman, Ala., gives the company the resources required to design, test and produce drums, hubs and rotors for current and future medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle requirements. Products developed by Webb can help vehicle operators mitigate the challenges they face in meeting shorter stopping distance rules and other cost- and performance-related issues, the company says.

Webb says its R&D facility is an integral part of its ability to meet customer demands for the highest-quality best-performing wheel-end products. Recent developments like the lightweight Webb Vortex brake drum were possible because of the resources available to fully design, sample and test the product prior to production, the company says.

In addition to supporting new product development, Webb says the continuous performance and metallurgical testing performed routinely in its R&D lab ensures that current production parts always meet the high quality standards set by Webb for all of its products. In addition to its own R&D capabilities, Webb has close working relationships with the University of Alabama Birmingham, Southern Research Institute, TMC, HDBMC and various SAE committees and other industry organizations.

Webb operates manufacturing facilities in Cullman; Tell City, Ind.,; and Siloam Springs, Ark. Hubs, drums, rotors and spoke wheels are available on original equipment from various truck, bus and trailer manufacturers and throughout the North American aftermarket for all application replacement needs. The company says it is expecting future growth in nondomestic regions as the market demand requires.

Webb Wheel Products, headquartered in Cullman, is a Marmon Highway Technologies company that manufactures hubs, brake drums and rotors for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, trailers and buses. MHT serves original equipment manufacturers, highway transportation companies and the automotive aftermarket with a comprehensive line of products. MHT companies are members of The Marmon Group, an international association of more than 125 business units that operate independently within diverse business sectors. The Marmon Group is a Berkshire Hathaway company.