Metaldyne LLC of Plymouth, Mich., acquired a forging and machining facility in the Czech Republic near Brno and close to the borders of Austria and Slovakia. Metaldyne will first focus on expanding certain technologies within the plant, which will support growth within its forging and machining product lines. Production is anticipated to begin by the end of 2012. Metaldyne uses cold and warm forging, as well as secondary machining operations, to manufacture differential side gears and pinions, hollowed transmission shafts, transmission sliding sleeves and drivetrain components for several OEMs and leading Tier-1 suppliers. According to Metaldyne, the new location will be closely aligned with its other facility in the Czech Republic, which will provide operational efficiencies as the company expands in the region.