All Star Auto Lights Buys Blackburn OEM Wheel
All Star Auto Lights (All Star), a distributor of alternative automotive parts and a portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital, has acquired Blackburn OEM Wheel Solutions. It marks the company's third acquisition in the aftermarket OE wheel category in the last year.
All Star says the purchase signals a transformation beyond its traditional auto lights business "into a leading automotive aftermarket equipment supplier."
Blackburn provides steel and alloy OEM wheels, wheel covers and center caps. Its headquarters is near Cleveland in Macedonia, Ohio.
Matt Immerfall, CEO of All Star, says, "This acquisition significantly increases our capacity to manufacture and supply OEM wheels through our growing nationwide network. Combined with our existing family of brands acquired in 2021, Jante Wheel and Perfection Wheel, the addition of Blackburn quickly doubles our impact in the automotive wheels sector and offers our customers a more comprehensive selection and faster delivery while solidifying All Star's wheel division to better serve its customer base."
Phil Druce, Partner of Atlantic Street Capital, said Blackburn has 13 sites and more than 400 employees. With the addition, "All Star is positioned as a national player with collision and body shops, tire and service centers, rental car, and auction house customers to profitably repair cars faster with the highest value OEM alternative replacement parts."
Immerfall said, "Blackburn has a great industry reputation for quality and customer service that is consistent with what All Star stands for. Maximizing the amazing business that Blackburn has built over the last 30-plus years with All Star's capabilities is a true privilege. It's exciting for the All Star Team to round out our newly formed wheel division with Blackburn. Our ability to partner manufacturing and supply to take care of our customers on a national level is an incredible opportunity that we are thrilled about."