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“This has been an extremely difficult process,” CEO Larry Denton said in an interview today with Automotive News. “It is a credit to our team to have been able to exit protection in canada goose clearance this environment.”

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“We started operational restructuring before we filed,” Denton said. “We knew there were troubled times ahead.”

Hedge fund operator Pacificor LLC, of Santa Barbara, Calif., will be the largest shareholder of the reorganized Dura, controlling between 35 and 40 percent of the equity, Denton said. Blackstone Group LP, a New York private equity firm with several automotive holdings, will be Dura s canada goose coats second largest shareholder.

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I don t see any stopping us, Denton said of the move to India. I think this is going to continue to move.

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