Marzocchi Saved from Liquidation, Italian Manufacturer VRM Buys It

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The Christmas and year’s end bring joy to the employees of Marzocchi. Around 70 employees will keep their jobs and remain in the city of Zola Predosa, as Italian automotive parts manufacturer VRM bought the company from Tenneco.
We reported on many occasions that Tenneco, the former owner of Marzocchi, would pull the plug on the suspensions company. Last time we checked, in late October, Tenneco was already making the final preparations for the liquidation of Marzocchi, with $27 million (€23.7 mil) as funds to be spent in severance, asset impairment, and other closure procedures.

The suspensions gods have not been sleeping at the end of the year, so they favored VRM in acquiring Marzocchi. VRM expressed their intentions to buy the suspensions manufacturer as of July 2015, but it was only days ago that the deal was finally perfected.

A move under the supervision of the Bologna Metropolitan area and the Regional authorities

One of the best things for Marzocchi is that the Bologna metropolitan area and the Regional authorities are heavily involved in the wellbeing of the local industry. Counselor Benedetto Zacchiroli said that VRM buying Marzocchi was a great example of how the local policies were proven to be fruitful.

The aim of the collaboration between the state and private investors is to make the local business opportunities more attractive, retaining and growing the workforce. Stefano Fiorini, the Mayor of Zola Predosa, was also grateful for the outcome of the deal, happy to see the historical suspensions manufacturer remaining in the city and its employees not being laid off.

As a fun or trivia fact, you should know that Zola Predosa and Marzocchi are only several miles away from Borgo Panigale and Ducati's headquarters.

No announcements have been made as to what plans VRM has for Marzocchi, but we can expect production to carry on. Even more, we do believe that Marzocchi will grow, especially as VRM has Ducati, MV Agusta, BMW and Ferrari as customers already.
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