To the roll call of auto industry titans that have gone or are going bankrupt -- Visteon, Chrysler, GM, Saab, Karmann, ASC, Source Interlink -- we can now add Tier 1 supplier Metaldyne, which filed for bankruptcy for its American operations. Metaldyne makes metal bits for car and truck chassis and NVH components.

The company has been restructuring its costs over the past year and a half, shedding $100 million in expenditures and reducing its debt. Still, as of the filing it had debt of $600 million on $2008 sales of $1.57 billion. Metaldyne's parent company, Asahi Tech Corp in Japan, helped the company lower its debt by about $400 million but has now walked away from further financial support.

There are two private equity firms interested in the company: Carlyle Group, which is looking to buy some of Metaldyne's chassis business, and RHJI, which is already a majority shareholder in Metaldyne's parent, Asahi. RHJI would throw about $100 million at the company and inject additional cash to run the business short term, as well as take on additional liabilities. Until (and if ever) a buyer is decided, Metaldyne is running on $18.5 million in debtor-in-possession financing from Deutsche Bank and customer funding.

[Source: Forbes]