In conjunction with the Carlisle Companies' launch of a new segment named Carlisle Brake & Friction, effective Jan. 1, 2011, the new global headquarters for Carlisle Brake & Friction will be located in Solon, Ohio, former headquarters to the Hawk Corporation's Wellman Products Group.

On December 2, 2010, Carlisle completed its acquisition of the Hawk Corporation. As a result of the acquisition, Hawk Corporation headquarters in downtown Cleveland will be closed with personnel relocated to Solon.

With 10 manufacturing facilities globally located in the U.S., UK, Italy, China, Japan, and India, and with over 1,800 employees, Carlisle Brake & Friction is a leading provider of high performance braking solutions to the off-highway, high performance racing, aerospace, and alternative energy markets, serving over 100 leading original equipment manufacturers in 55 countries.

Carlisle Brake and Friction designs and manufactures a full solution set of braking products. These include: dry disc caliper brakes, drum brakes and mechanical brakes for both service and park applications.