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Hendrickson and AxleTech International partner to win Navistar’s International® MaxxPro® suspension award

WOODBRIDGE, IL & TROY, MI – Hendrickson, a Boler Company, and AxleTech International, a General Dynamics company (NYSE: GD), announced today they have received a production award from Navistar Defense, LLC for independent suspension systems on 1,050 new International® MaxxPro® Dash vehicles. Production will be based at the AxleTech flagship operation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Work is expected to begin immediately.

As a result of the partnership, Hendrickson and AxleTech together provide an unprecedented level of industry experience and proven technology across a wide range of axle and suspension systems.

This Independent Suspension Axle System (ISAS®) enhances the MaxxPro vehicle's mobility and maneuverability to enable improved performance in the rough terrain of Afghanistan.

Doug Sanford, vice president and general manager of Hendrickson’s Truck Systems Group, said, “The Hendrickson and AxleTech team have come together to provide a complete independent suspension system solution that is suitable for new production or field retrofit. Hendrickson’s chassis integration experience, vehicle dynamics expertise, and history of heavy duty suspension design coupled with AxleTech’s unparalleled planetary drive train technology offer the MaxxPro Dash unsurpassed off-road mobility, reliability and vehicle performance.”

Mary Petrovich, general manager of AxleTech International, said, “With thousands of fielded vehicles successfully using AxleTech’s proprietary ISAS®, we are the world’s largest independent supplier of such high-performance systems. This award reaffirms our position as a leader in mission-critical military drive train solutions. AxleTech is proud to be a vital supporter of U.S. soldiers around the world. We are pleased to be associated with a worldclass company like Hendrickson on this highly sought award.”

Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a premier, global manufacturer and supplier of truck, tractor, bus and recreational vehicle suspensions and heavy-duty springs; trailer suspensions, controls and nonintegrated axles; truck and trailer lift axles, and bumpers and trim components to the commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Itasca, Ill., USA, continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry after more than 95 years. Visit the Hendrickson Web site at

AxleTech International is a global manufacturer and supplier of axles, axle components, planetary axles, brakes and aftermarket parts for commercial specialty trucks, military vehicles and off-highway machines used in the construction, material handling, forestry, mining and agricultural markets.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,900 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at