SOURCE: Spartech Corporation

Spartech Corporation

October 28, 2009 08:00 ET

Spartech Announces Divestiture of Wheels Business

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - October 28, 2009) - Spartech Corporation (NYSE: SEH) announced today that it has completed the sale of its wheels business, a manufacturer of PVC tire and plastic wheel assemblies primarily for the lawn and garden and medical markets. The wheels business, with production facilities located in Warsaw, Indiana, Tupelo, Mississippi, and Reynosa, Mexico, has annual sales of approximately $41 million and was previously reported in our Engineered Products segment.

Spartech's President and Chief Executive Officer, Myles Odaniell stated, "The sale of this business is consistent with our strategic plan and the specific objective to focus our portfolio on core business platforms. With the completion of this sale, we continue our progress of realigning our portfolio, improving our business performance, and positioning the company for growth in our core businesses. We thank the management and employees of the wheels business for their past contributions to Spartech and wish them continued success under their new ownership."

The wheels business was sold to a group of private investors, consisting of Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners and existing management members, and will now operate under the name Custom Engineered Wheels, Inc. The sale price for the business was $34.5 million, including $6 million of contingent payments, which are based on future performance of the wheels business. Spartech intends to use the net cash proceeds from the sale to pay down debt and invest in strategic improvement and growth initiatives. Following the sale of the profiles business in Canada and closure of the marine operation earlier in the year, we will report all results from these businesses as discontinued operations and no longer report an Engineered Products segment.

Spartech Corporation is a leading producer of engineered thermoplastic sheet materials, thermoformed packaging, and polymeric compounds and concentrates. The Company has facilities located throughout the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

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Contact Information

  • Company Contacts:
    Myles S. Odaniell
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (314) 721-4242

    Randy C. Martin
    Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer
    (314) 721-4242