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REBOUNDING QUICKLY


WHEEL MARKET SHAKEN,


A number of factors have helped the cast aluminum wheel market recover after the automotive industry meltdown.


R SHEA GIBBS, MANAGING EDITOR


emember hubcaps? T ere was a time when most cars rolling out of dealerships had them. And beneath them were forged steel wheels that provided the support needed to hold several tons of Detroit iron off the ground. Times have changed. T e gleam and polish of cast wheels


has pushed hubcaps and their forged interiors to the back seat. Today, about 70% of the automotive wheels produced for the


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