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Our History

A History of Delivering POWER

AAM can trace its history to the beginning of the 20th century and the infancy of the automotive industry. The foundation for what is now AAM was established in 1917 when General Motors Corporation built an aircraft parts manufacturing facility in Detroit, on the land where AAM’s World Headquarters and flagship North American facility now stands. Later, automotive parts were added to the product mix. By 1920, two additional plants had been built in Detroit to meet the increased demands of the burgeoning automotive industry. Two additional plants were constructed in Detroit in the ‘40s and ‘50s.

The facilities remained under the General Motors umbrella until late 1992, when General Motors publicly announced that 18 of its manufacturing plants were for sale – five of which encompassed the Final Drive and Forge Business Unit of GM.

In response to the GM announcement, Richard E. Dauch, who had recently retired from the Chrysler Corporation as executive vice president Worldwide Manufacturing, formed a small investment team to purchase five driveline and forging assets that GM had up for sale. On March 1, 1994, AAM became a stand-alone, independent and multi-billion-dollar Tier 1 automotive supplier.

Today, AAM is a premier, global leader in design, engineering, validation and manufacturing of driveline, metal forming, powertrain, and casting technologies for automotive, commercial and industrial markets. AAM has over 25,000 associates operating at more than 90 facilities in 17 countries to support our customers on global and regional platforms with a focus on quality, operational excellence and technology leadership.  

HISTORICAL

TIMELINE

HISTORICAL TIMELINE


March 1, 1994, AAM is formed by Richard E. Dauch and a group of investors who establish its world headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. The following facilities are included in the purchase:
  • Detroit Gear & Axle - Michigan
  • Detroit Forge - Michigan
  • Buffalo Gear & Axle - New York
  • Tonawanda Forge - New York
  • Three Rivers Propshaft - Michigan

  • AAM Technical Center opened in Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • Buffalo Gear & Axle opens paint facility
  • AAM developed new alternate material for driveshafts - Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) and aluminum
  • AAM engineered and developed new, state-of-the-art axles
  • AAM introduced new Independent Rear Drive System
  • AAM introduced complete range of TracRite® traction enhancing differentials

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  • AAM introduced new Axle Cooler technology
  • R.E. Dauch awarded Industry Leader of the Year by the Automotive Hall of Fame
  • Blackstone Group invested in AAM
  • Tokyo Business Office is opened in Tokyo, Japan
  • AAM produced 10 millionth axle
  • R.E. Dauch awarded Manufacturer of the Year by National Association of Manufacturers
  • R.E. Dauch named Crain's Detroit Newsmaker of the Year
  • R.E. Dauch awarded Ellis Island Medal
  • Groundbreaking for the greenfield facility, Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex in Mexico
  • AAM acquired Albion Automotive located in the United Kingdom

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  • Groundbreaking for the Education and Health Center at Tonawanda Forge
  • AAM joined the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as a publicly traded company on January 29, 1999, with the ticker symbol: AXL
  • AAM opened a European Business Office in Ulm, Germany
  • AAM do Brasil is established in Curitiba, Brasil
  • Colfor Manufacturing is acquired by AAM, with locations in Malvern, Minerva and Salem, Ohio

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  • MSP Industries is acquired by AAM, with locations in Oxford and Centerline, Michigan

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  • Production began at Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex
  • Guanajuato Forge begins construction in Mexico
  • Cheektowaga Manufacturing Facility is opened in Cheektowaga, New York
  • Powerlite® aluminum axles designed for mass savings introduced
  • Powerdense® gearsets offering reduced weight and increased torque capacity developed
  • TracRite® Axle & Transmission Differentials introduced
  • AAM introduced Integrated Oil Pan Front Axle with Electronic Disconnect
  • SmartBar™ Electronic Stabilizer System is introduced
  • I-Ride™ front & rear axle modules introduced 
  • Implemented new net shaped differential pinion and side gear technology to forge net shaped differential gears
  • Established Sao Paolo business office in Sao Paolo, Brasil
  • Initiated expansion of Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex to support new business from Chrysler
  • Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility expanded to include driveline production
  • Advanced Technology Showcase Vehicle Fleet introduced
  • AAM won Automotive News/PricewaterhouseCoopers "Shareholder Value Award" - one year return
  • AAM named one of the Best Big Companies in America by Forbes Magazine
  • R.E. Dauch named World Trader of the Year by Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Transitioned 11.5” GM axle production from Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex to Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility
  • Family of Power Transfer Units (PTU) introduced
  • PowerFilm® driveline lubricant developed

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  • AAM announced Technical Center expansion completion adding 37,000 square feet - highlight of expansion is the addition of the Road Load Simulator
  • AAM do Brasil moved to larger facility in Araucaria, Brasil
  • Installed advanced grinding equipment at Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility to begin production of spider u-joint cross pins
  • AAM World Headquarters is opened and dedicated
  • Awarded first driveline system contract with Korean OEM - SsangYong
  • AAM opened Pune Business Office & Engineering Center in Pune, India
  • AAM launched driveline system with SmartBar™ Electronic Stabilizer System for 2005 Ram Power Wagon
  • AAM's Quality Engineering Technical Center, Training Center and Process Development Center is opened in the Detroit Manufacturing Complex - South Campus
  • AAM won second Automotive News/PriceWaterHouse Coopers "Shareholder Value Award" - three year return
  • AAM is named Best Big Company in its sector by Forbes Magazine
  • AAM opened business offices in Shanghai, China and Seoul, South Korea
  • AAM opened the Process Development Center
  • Completed additional expansion of Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex to support driveshaft production
  • New state of the art electronics lab added at AAM’s Technical Center in Rochester Hills, MI
  • AAM awarded SmartBar™ application for Jeep® Rubicon
  • Olawa, Poland manufacturing facility announced
  • Europe Headquarters & Engineering Center opened in Bad Homburg, Germany
  • Began production at Changshu Manufacturing Facility
  • Expansion of Colfor Manufacturing initiated in 2005 was completed
  • AAM formed India Joint Venture Company, AAM Sona Axle Private Limited
  • Richard E. Dauch received the American Society for Quality, Automotive Division, 2007 Quality Leader of the Year Award
  • AAM was awarded a new contract to produce rear drive modules (RDM) for a Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. crossover vehicle
  • "One Piece Flow" welding is introduced to improve welding of tube flanges and brackets, which replaces four, stand alone batch processes
  • AAM expanded R&D in Off-Road Racing
  • AAM opened a new forging facility in Oxford, Michigan, Oxford Forge Inc.

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  • Initiated Restructure, Resize and Recovery program to transition business to meet current and projected market requirements
  • AAM and JAC Group Subsidiary in China formed a joint venture resulting in Hefei AAM Manufacturing Facility in China.

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  • AAM formed new Metal Formed Products company, DieTronik™, focusing on precision tool and die manufacturing

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  • AAM forms AccuGear™ Inc., a high-quality gear manufacturer

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  • To support increased business for Europe, AAM transfers operations in Poland from Olawa to Swidnica
  • AAM awarded first major North American commercial truck program
  • AAM achieved a historic and transformational labor agreement in the U.S. with the UAW

  • General Motors and Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 – Bankruptcy
  • Launched light commercial axle production at AAM’s Pantnagar Manufacturing Facility
  • Pune Business Office & Engineering Center in India, ISO 9001-2008 Registered
  • AAM-JAC Hefei joint venture begins operations in China
  • Flawlessly launched gear and component machining capabilities in China
  • Established new, regional manufacturing facility in Lancaster, PA to support commercial vehicle business
  • The multi-year Restructure, Resize and Recovery program is completed, resulting in significant, permanent and structural cost reductions as well as a reduction in AAM’s operating breakeven level to a U.S. SAAR equivalent of approximately 10 million vehicle units
  • The AAM World Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan earned the Energy Star Label

  • AAM World Headquarters was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious Energy Star Award
  • Launched rear drive module, power transfer unit and a three-piece driveshaft for premium crossover vehicles at the Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex
  • AAM relocates the Quality Engineering Technical Center and Process Development Center to Auburn Hills, MI
  • AAM's Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex North Plant was awarded the 2009 Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing 
  • Araucaria Manufacturing Facility in Brasil launches driveline products for Volkswagen AG
  • AAM launches EcoTracTM brand of fuel-efficient and environment-friendly driveline products

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  • AAM establishes eAAM Driveline Systems AB

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  • The AAM World Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan earned the Energy Star Label.
  • Joint venture was expanded with JAC Group, making AAM the second largest axle supplier in China's light commercial truck segment
  • Expanded AAM's manufacturing presence in Asia with the opening of Rayong Manufacturing Facility. Products manufactured at the facility include front axles, rear axles and driveshafts.
  • Aftermarket established a new distribution center in Silao, Mexico to serve its growing network of distributors throughout Latin America
  • Acquired full ownership of the AAM Sona Axle Private Limited Joint Venture (AAM Sona Axle) in Pantnagar, India
  • Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility was recognized as one of the 10 Best Plants in North America by IndustryWeek magazine for 2010
  • Launched the production of a rear axle and driveshaft with first time customer Nissan
  • The AAM World Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan earned the Energy Star Label
  • AAM appoints David C. Dauch President & Chief Executive Officer. Richard E. Dauch is named Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board
  • AAM expands its metal form operations in Mexico with the opening of AccuGear Silao
  • AAM expands its manufacturing capabilities in India with the opening of the Chennai Manufacturing Facility in Chennai, India
  • AAM launches transfer case production for Jaguar Land Rover
  • AAM opens its Winter Test Facility at Colmis Proving Grounds in Arjeplog, Sweden
  • e-AAM Driveline Systems AB becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of AAM
  • The AAM World Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan earned the Energy Star Label

  • AAM's EcoTrac® Disconnecting All Wheel Drive is featured on the all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee
  • AAM opens Silao Manufacturing Facility to complement its Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex with a machining and assembly operation
  • AAM's Changshu Manufacturing Facility receives the "Best Supplier Award" from BBAC
  • Rayong Manufacturing Facility expands its capabilities by adding hypoid gear machining as well as helical case machining and assembly
  • AAM's World Headquarters achieves ISO 50001, the top international standard certification for energy management
  • AAM's World Headquarters achieves LEED Certification through year 2018, a designation from the US Green Building Council for buildings with optimum energy, water usage and air quality efficiencies
  • David C. Dauch receives the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award presented to individuals of various ethnic backgrounds who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage
  • The AAM World Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan earned the Energy Star Label
  • MSP Industries launches production of continuously variable transmission (CVT) pulleys for Honda (2014 model year)
  • Colfor Manufacturing in Minerva, Ohio; DieTronik in Auburn Hills, Michigan; and Changshu Manufacturing Facility in Changshu, China, were awarded the 2013-2014 General Motors Supplier Excellence Award
  • AAM's World Headquarters in Detroit and Rayong Manufacturing Facility in Thailand achieve ISO 50001, the top international standard certification for energy management

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  • The AAM World Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan earned the Energy Star Label
  • AAM appoints Michael K. Simonte as President. Christopher J. May is named Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • AAM announces the initial occupancy of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) in Detroit on October 1

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  • AAM launches the Rochester Manufacturing Facility (ROMF), an Indiana-based machining operation that supports Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility (TRMF)

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  • AAM announces Auburn Hills Manufacturing (AHM), a metal forming facility located in two former driveline operations in Michigan

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  • Crain's Detroit Business recognizes the quality of AAM's innovation and patents with the 19th Best Patent Portfolio in SE Michigan out of 100 companies.
  • AAM launches its Q4 Quality Assurance Program, designed to drive quality perfection through continuous improvement.
  • AAM achieves ISO 50001, the top international standard certification for energy management, at its World Headquarters in Detroit; Rayong Manufacturing Facility in Thailand; Changshu Manufacturing Facility in China; and Świdnica Manufacturing Facility in Poland

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  • The AAM World Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan earned the Energy Star Label
  • AAM is named to the Eureka Index of the Most Innovative Companies by Crain’s Detroit Business. AAM is tied for the No. 9 spot with 32 patents filed in 2015.
  • AAM debuts QUANTUM™, it’s new light weight axle technology, at Winter Test in Brimley, Michigan.
  • AAM opens the Mechatronics Technical Center (MTC) in Auburn Hills, Michigan to focus on the areas of integration and communication between our products and other vehicle systems.
  • AAM announces the acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group.
  • Three AAM Facilities—Oxford Forge, RHTC and ATDC—achieved ISO 50001 Energy Management certification.
  • Globally, AAM facilities undertook >30 projects to reduce energy, recycle oils and coolants and reduce wastewater.
  • Named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors
  • Completed the acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (April 6, 2017)
  • Named one of America's Best Midsize Employers by Forbes
  • Name one of Corp! Magazine's Economic Bright Spots
  • Honored as a West Michigan Best & Brightest Company to Work For
  • David C. Dauch, Chairman and CEO, wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region