Altra Industrial Motion
Altra Holdings, Inc. (Form: DEF 14A, Received: 03/28/2011 16:08:07)
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(ALTRA HOLDINGS INC. LOGO)
 
Altra Holdings, Inc.
300 Granite Street, Suite 201
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
www.altramotion.com
 
March 28, 2011
 
Dear Fellow Stockholders:
 
You are cordially invited to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Altra Holdings, Inc. (“Altra”) to be held at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Simsbury Inn, 397 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070. You will find directions to the meeting on the back cover of the accompanying Proxy Statement.
 
The Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement describe the matters to be acted upon at the meeting. We will also report on matters of interest to Altra stockholders.
 
Your vote is important. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting in person, we encourage you to submit a proxy so that your shares will be represented and voted at the meeting. You may submit a proxy by calling a toll-free telephone number, by accessing the internet or by completing and mailing the enclosed proxy card in the return envelope provided. If you do not vote by one of the methods described above, you still may attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person.
 
Thank you for your continued support of Altra.
 
Sincerely,
 
-S- CARL R. CHRISTENSON
Carl R. Christenson
President and Chief Executive Officer


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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
 
Altra Holdings, Inc.
300 Granite Street, Suite 201
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
 
March 28, 2011
 
The 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Altra Holdings, Inc. (“Altra”) will be held as follows:
 
     
DATE:
  Thursday, April 28, 2011
TIME:
  9:00 a.m. EDT
LOCATION:
  The Simsbury Inn, 397 Hopmeadow Street , Simsbury, CT 06070
PURPOSE:
  To consider and act upon the following proposals:
   
1. The election of directors;
   
2. The ratification of the selection of the independent registered public accounting firm;
   
3. A non-binding advisory vote on the compensation of Altra’s named executive officers (“Say on Pay”) ;
   
4. A non-binding advisory vote on the frequency of the advisory vote on Say on Pay in the future (“Say on Frequency”); and
   
5. Such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
 
Shares represented by properly executed proxies that are hereby solicited by the Board of Directors of Altra will be voted in accordance with the instructions specified therein. Shares represented by proxies that are not limited to the contrary will be voted in favor of the election as directors of the persons nominated pursuant to Proposal 1 in the accompanying Proxy Statement and in favor of Proposal 2 and Proposal 3 and “1 Year” on Proposal 4.
 
Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2011 will be entitled to vote at the meeting.
 
By order of the Board of Directors,
 
-S- GLENN E. DEEGAN
Glenn E. Deegan
Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General
Counsel and Secretary
 
It is important that your shares be represented and voted,
whether or not you plan to attend the meeting.

YOU CAN VOTE:
 
1.   BY MAIL :
 
Promptly return your signed and dated proxy/voting instruction card in the enclosed envelope.
 
2.   BY TELEPHONE :
 
Call toll-free 1-800-690-6903 and follow the instructions.
 
3.   BY INTERNET :
 
Access “www.proxyvote.com” and follow the on-screen instructions.
 
4.   IN PERSON :
 
You may attend the Annual Meeting and vote in person.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS
FOR THE STOCKHOLDER MEETING TO BE HELD ON APRIL 28, 2011
 
Altra’s proxy statement, form of Proxy Card and 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K are available at http://ir.altramotion.com/financials.cfm.


 

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PROXY STATEMENT
 
2011 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
Thursday, April 28, 2011
 
ALTRA HOLDINGS, INC.
300 Granite Street, Suite 201
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Proxy Solicitation
 
These proxy materials are being mailed or otherwise sent to stockholders of Altra Holdings, Inc. (“Altra” or the “Company”) on or about March 28, 2011, in connection with the solicitation of proxies by Altra’s Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors” or the “Board”) for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Altra to be held at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at The Simsbury Inn, 397 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070. Directors, officers and other Altra employees also may solicit proxies by telephone or otherwise, but will not receive compensation for such services. Altra pays the cost of soliciting your proxy and reimburses brokers and other nominees their reasonable expenses for forwarding proxy materials to you.
 
Stockholders Entitled to Vote
 
Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2011, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting. As of such date, there were 26,866,198 shares of Altra common stock outstanding, each entitled to one vote.
 
How to Vote
 
Stockholders of record described above may cast their votes by:
 
(1) signing, completing and returning the enclosed proxy card in the enclosed postage-paid envelope;
 
(2) calling toll-free 1-800-690-6903 and following the instructions;
 
(3) accessing “www.proxyvote.com” and following the instructions; or
 
(4) attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person.
 
Revocation of Proxies
 
A proxy may be revoked at any time before it is voted by delivering written notice of revocation to the Corporate Secretary of Altra at the address set forth above, by delivering a proxy bearing a later date, or by voting in person at the meeting.
 
Quorum; Required Vote
 
The holders of a majority of the shares entitled to vote at the meeting must be present in person or represented by proxy to constitute a quorum. Proxies received but marked as withheld, abstentions, or those treated as broker non-votes will be included in the calculation of the number of shares considered to be present at the Annual Meeting in determining a quorum. If a quorum is not present at the Annual Meeting, we will be forced to reconvene the Annual Meeting at a later date.
 
Your shares may be voted if they are held in the name of a brokerage firm or bank (a “broker”), even if you do not provide the broker with voting instructions. Brokers have the authority, under applicable rules, to vote shares on certain “routine” matters for which their customers do not provide voting instructions. The ratification of the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm of the Company is considered a routine matter. The election of directors, the non-binding advisory vote on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers (“Say on Pay”), and the non-binding advisory vote on the frequency of the advisory vote on Say on Pay in the future (“Say on Frequency”) are not considered routine matters.


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Broker non-votes are shares held by brokers or nominees for which instructions have not been received from the beneficial owners, or persons entitled to vote, and the broker is barred from exercising its discretionary authority to vote the shares because the proposal is a non-routine matter.
 
Election of Directors: Proposal 1. A plurality of the votes cast is required for the election of directors. You may vote “FOR” all or some of the nominees or your vote may be “WITHHELD” with respect to one or more of the nominees. Votes “WITHHELD” and broker non-votes with respect to the election of directors will have no effect upon election of directors. You may not cumulate your votes for the election of directors.
 
Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm: Proposal 2. Ratification of the selection of our independent registered public accounting firm requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast for or against the matter. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” in connection with Proposal 2. Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on this proposal.
 
Non-binding Advisory Vote on the Compensation of our Named Executive Officers: Proposal 3. The approval of Proposal 3, regarding the compensation of our named executive officers, requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast for or against the matter. You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST” or “ABSTAIN” in connection with Proposal 3. Abstentions and broker non-votes have no effect on this proposal. Because the vote on the Say on Pay proposal is advisory, it will not be binding on the Board of Directors or the Company. However, the Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of the Say on Pay vote when considering future executive compensation arrangements.
 
Non-binding Advisory Vote on the Frequency of an Advisory Vote on the Compensation of our Named Executive Officers: Proposal 4. The approval of Proposal 4, regarding the frequency of an advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers, requires the affirmative vote of a majority of votes cast for or against the matter. Abstentions and broker non-votes have no effect on this proposal. With respect to this item, if none of the frequency alternatives (one year, two years or three years) receive a majority vote, we will consider the frequency that receives the highest number of votes by stockholders to be the frequency that has been selected by stockholders. However, because this vote is advisory and not binding on us or our board in any way, our board may decide that it is in our and our stockholders’ best interests to hold an advisory vote on executive compensation more or less frequently than the alternative approved by our stockholders.
 
If you provide specific instructions with regard to certain items, your shares will be voted as you instruct on such items. If no instructions are indicated, the shares will be voted as recommended by the Board of Directors.
 
Other Matters
 
The Board of Directors is not aware of any matters to be presented at the meeting other than those set forth in the accompanying notice. If any other matters properly come before the meeting, the persons named in the proxy will vote on such matters in accordance with their best judgment.
 
Additional Information
 
Additional information regarding the Company appears in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, a copy of which, including the financial statements and schedules thereto, but not the exhibits, accompanies this Proxy Statement. In addition, such report and the other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are available, free of charge, through the Investor Relations section of our internet website at http://www.altramotion.com. Printed copies of these documents and any exhibit to our Form 10-K may be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Corporate Secretary, Altra Holdings, Inc., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184, telephone (781) 917-0600.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE STOCKHOLDER MEETING TO BE HELD ON APRIL 28, 2011
 
Altra’s proxy statement, form of Proxy Card and 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K are available at http://ir.altramotion.com/financials.cfm.


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OWNERSHIP OF ALTRA COMMON STOCK
 
Securities Owned by Certain Beneficial Owners
 
The following table sets forth certain information as of March 15, 2011, regarding the beneficial ownership of shares of our common stock by: (i) each person or entity known to us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our common stock; (ii) each of our named executive officers; (iii) each member of our Board of Directors; and (iv) all members of our Board of Directors and executive officers as a group.
 
Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with rules adopted by the SEC. In computing the number of shares beneficially owned by a person and the percentage ownership of that person, shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options or warrants or the conversion of other securities held by that person that are currently exercisable or convertible, or are exercisable or convertible within 60 days of March 15, 2011, are deemed to be issued and outstanding. These shares, however, are not deemed outstanding for the purposes of computing percentage ownership of each other stockholder. Percentage of beneficial ownership is otherwise based on 26,866,198 shares of common stock outstanding as of March 15, 2010.
 
                 
    Securities Beneficially Owned  
    Shares of Common
    Percentage of
 
    Stock Beneficially
    Common Stock
 
Name and Address of Beneficial Owner(1)
  Owned     Outstanding  
 
Principal Securityholders:
               
BlackRock, Inc.(2)
    2,960,880       11.0 %
Named Executive Officers:
               
Carl R. Christenson(3)
    574,286       2.1 %
Christian Storch
    89,358       *  
Gerald Ferris
    94,833       *  
Glenn Deegan
    21,717       *  
Craig Schuele
    96,840       *  
Directors:
               
Michael L. Hurt
    171,449       *  
Edmund M. Carpenter
    24,836       *  
Lyle G. Ganske
    24,210       *  
Michael S. Lipscomb
    21,510       *  
Larry McPherson
    98,205       *  
James H. Woodward Jr. 
    24,836       *  
All directors and executive officers as a group (13 persons)
    1,257,842       4.7 %
 
 
Represents beneficial ownership of less than 1%.
 
(1) Except as otherwise noted below, each of the following individuals’ address of record is c/o Altra Holdings, Inc., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184. To our knowledge, except as indicated in the footnotes to this table and pursuant to applicable community property laws, the persons listed in the table have sole investment and voting power with respect to all Company securities owned by them.
 
(2) The address of BlackRock, Inc. is 40 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022. Shares are held by BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A., BlackRock Fund Advisors, BlackRock Advisors LLC, BlackRock Investment Management, LLC each of which is a subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. Information and share amounts listed are derived from BlackRock, Inc.’s Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on January 10, 2011.
 
(3) 337,204 shares are pledged as security for a line of credit in Mr. Christenson’s brokerage account.


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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
 
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires Altra’s directors, executive officers and beneficial owners of more than 10% of Altra’s equity securities (“10% Owners”) to file initial reports of their ownership of Altra’s equity securities and reports of changes in such ownership with the SEC. Directors, executive officers and 10% Owners are required by SEC regulations to furnish Altra with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. Based solely on a review of copies of such forms and written representations from Altra’s directors, executive officers and 10% Owners, Altra believes that for the fiscal year of 2010, all of its directors, executive officers and 10% Owners were in compliance with the disclosure requirements of Section 16(a) except for the following: (i) Michael Lipscomb was late in filing a report on Form 4 for a transaction that occurred on February 4, 2010, (ii) Carl Christenson was late in filing reports on Form 4 for transactions that occurred on May 24, 2010 and November 24, 2010.


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PROPOSAL 1. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
 
The current Board of Directors is made up of seven directors each of whom’s term expires at the 2011 Annual Meeting. The following directors have been nominated for re-election to serve for a term of one year until the 2012 Annual Meeting and until their successors have been duly elected and qualified:
 
Edmund M. Carpenter
Carl R. Christenson
Lyle G. Ganske
Michael L. Hurt
Michael S. Lipscomb
Larry McPherson
James H. Woodward Jr.
 
All of the nominees for election have consented to being named in this Proxy Statement and to serve if elected. Biographical information for each of the nominees as of March 28, 2011, is presented below.
 
The Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote FOR the election of Messrs. Carpenter, Christenson, Ganske, Hurt, Lipscomb, McPherson and Woodward.
 
NOMINEES FOR DIRECTOR
 
Edmund M. Carpenter , 69, has been a director since March 2007. Mr. Carpenter currently serves as an operating partner to Genstar Capital. Mr. Carpenter was President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnes Group Inc. from 1998 until his retirement in December 2006. Prior to joining Barnes Group Inc., Mr. Carpenter was Senior Managing Director of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice from 1996 to 1998, and Chief Executive Officer of General Signal from 1988 to 1995. Prior to joining General Signal Corporation, Mr. Carpenter held various executive positions at ITT Corporation, including President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining ITT, he held executive positions with Fruehauf Corporation and served as a partner in the management services division of Touche Ross & Company. He began his career at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. He has served as a director at Campbell Soup Company since 1990. He holds both an M.B.A. and a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. Having served as CEO of a diversified global manufacturing and logistical services company, Mr. Carpenter presents valuable insight into organizational and operational management issues crucial to a public manufacturing company.
 
Carl R. Christenson , 51, has been our Chief Executive Officer since January 2009 and a director since July 2007. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christenson served as our President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2005 to December 2008. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Christenson was the President of Kaydon Bearings, a manufacturer of custom-engineered bearings and a division of Kaydon Corporation. Prior to joining Kaydon, Mr. Christenson held a number of management positions at TB Wood’s Incorporated and several positions at the Torrington Company. Mr. Christenson holds a M.S. and B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic. In addition to more than twenty five years of experience in manufacturing companies, Mr. Christenson brings vast knowledge of the Company’s business, structure, history and culture to the Board and the CEO position.
 
Lyle G. Ganske , 52, has been a director since November 2007. Mr. Ganske is the Partner-in-Charge of the Cleveland office of Jones Day. He is an advisor to significant companies, focusing primarily on M&A, takeovers, takeover preparedness, corporate governance, executive compensation, and general corporate counseling. Mr. Ganske has experience in transactions involving regulated industries, including telecom and energy. Mr. Ganske received his J.D. from Ohio State University and his B.S.B.A. at Bowling Green State University. He currently serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Business Volunteers Unlimited, and Flashes of Hope, and he serves as co-chair of the Commission on Economic Inclusion. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Resilience Capital, a private equity firm. In addition to his substantial legal skills and expertise, Mr. Ganske brings to the Company’s Board well-developed business and financial acumen critical to a dynamic public company.


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Michael L. Hurt, P.E. , 65, has been our Executive Chairman since January 2009. Prior to his current position, Mr. Hurt served as Chief Executive Officer and a director since our formation in 2004. In November 2006, Mr. Hurt was elected as Chairman of our Board. During 2004, prior to our formation, Mr. Hurt provided consulting services to Genstar Capital and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kilian in October 2004. From January 1991 to November 2003, Mr. Hurt was the President and Chief Executive Officer of TB Wood’s Incorporated, a manufacturer of industrial power transmission products. Prior to TB Wood’s, Mr. Hurt spent 23 years in a variety of management positions at the Torrington Company, a major manufacturer of bearings and a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand. Mr. Hurt currently serves as a director of Genwoods Holdco, LLC, a private equity backed manufacturer of farm machinery and equipment, and as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Genstar Capital. Mr. Hurt holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and an M.B.A. from Clemson-Furman University. Mr. Hurt brings to the Board and the Chairman position a wealth of organizational and operational management skills coupled with a deep understanding of the Company’s business, structure, history and culture stemming from his substantial experience in the manufacturing industry and his tenure as the Company’s CEO.
 
Michael S. Lipscomb , 64, has been a director since November 2007. Mr. Lipscomb currently serves as CEO of SIFCO Inc., a NYSE company in the aerospace business. Mr. Lipscomb also serves as CEO/principal of Aviation Component Solutions, a privately held company in the aerospace/aftermarket business and as CEO/principal of JC Carter Nozzles, a privately held supplier of refueling nozzles to the LNG market. Previously, Mr. Lipscomb was the Chairman and CEO of Argo-Tech, a leading supplier to the aerospace industry, where he led the company through five bank refinances, four high yield bond offerings, and successfully managed the sale of the company to Eaton Corporation in March of 2007. During his career, Mr. Lipscomb served as a co-founder of Argo-Tech, as a Managing Director at TRW, and in various operational and engineering management roles at the Utica Tool Company. Mr. Lipscomb received his MBA from Clemson — Furman University and his B.S. from Clemson University and previously served on the boards of Argo-Tech, MAMCO Enterprises, Ruhlin Construction Company, Duradyne, and SIFCO (Audit Committee Chair). Mr. Lipscomb brings to the Company’s Board a depth of global industrial operating experience and knowledge of organizational management essential to a public manufacturing company.
 
Larry McPherson , 65, has been a director since January 2005. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. McPherson was a Director of NSK Ltd. from 1997 until his retirement in 2003 and served as Chairman and CEO of NSK Europe from January 2002 to December 2003. In total he was employed by NSK Ltd. for 21 years during which time he was responsible for the major expansion of manufacturing operations in the U.S. and the reorganization and consolidation of European operations. Mr. McPherson served as Chairman and CEO of NSK Americas for the six years prior to his European assignment. Mr. McPherson serves as a board member of McNaughton and Gunn, Inc., a privately owned printing company. Mr. McPherson earned his MBA from Georgia State and his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. Mr. McPherson contributes to the Company’s Board significant organizational and operational management skills combined with a wealth of experience in global manufacturing businesses.
 
James H. Woodward, Jr. , 58, has been a director since March 2007. Since March 2009, Mr. Woodward has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Accuride Corporation. Previously, Mr. Woodward served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Joy Global Inc. from January 2007 until February 2008. Prior to joining Joy Global Inc., Mr. Woodward was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of JLG Industries, Inc. from August 2000 until its sale in December 2006. Prior to JLG Industries, Inc., Mr. Woodward held various financial positions at Dana Corporation since 1982. Mr. Woodward is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. Mr. Woodward’s depth and breadth of exposure to complex issues from his long and distinguished career in the manufacturing industry make him a skilled advisor who provides critical insight into organizational and operational management, global business and financial matters.


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Board of Director Composition
 
Our bylaws provide that the size of the Board of Directors shall be determined from time to time by our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors currently consists of seven members. Each of our executive officers and directors, other than non-employee directors, devotes his or her full time to our affairs. Our non-employee directors devote the amount of time to our affairs as necessary to discharge their duties. Edmund M. Carpenter, Lyle G. Ganske, Michael S. Lipscomb and Larry McPherson are each “independent” within the meaning of the Marketplace Rules of the NASDAQ Global Market (the “NASDAQ Rules”) and the federal securities laws and collectively constitute a majority of our Board of Directors.
 
On March 18, 2011, following consultation with the NASDAQ Listing Qualification department, the Company formally determined that James H. Woodward, Jr. is not an independent director under Rule 5605(a)(2)(F) because Mr. Woodward’s brother-in-law is a current partner in the consulting practice at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The Company did not appreciate that this relationship caused Mr. Woodward to not be independent under Rule 5605(a)(2)(F), and as a result, the Company previously believed Mr. Woodward to qualify as an independent director. Effective March 18, 2011, Mr. Woodward resigned from the Audit Committee and on March 21, 2011, Mr. Lipscomb was appointed by the Board to serve as a member of the Audit Committee in Mr. Woodward’s place, with Mr. Ganske becoming the Chairperson of the Audit Committee. The Company, in consultation with Deloitte & Touche, has determined that the independence of Deloitte & Touche is not compromised by the relationship discussed above.
 
Committees of the Board of Directors
 
Pursuant to our bylaws, our Board of Directors is permitted to establish committees from time to time as it deems appropriate. To facilitate independent director review and to make the most effective use of our directors’ time and capabilities, our Board of Directors has established the following committees: the Audit Committee, the Personnel and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The charter of each of the committees discussed below is available on our website at http://www.altramotion.com. Printed copies of these charters may be obtained, without charge, by contacting the Corporate Secretary, Altra Holdings, Inc., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184, telephone (781) 917-0600. The membership and function of each committee are described below.
 
Audit Committee
 
The primary purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board’s oversight of:
 
  •  the integrity of our financial statements and reporting;
 
  •  our independent auditors’ qualifications, independence and performance;
 
  •  our internal controls and risk management;
 
  •  our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;
 
  •  the performance of internal audit function;
 
  •  the preparation of all reports and disclosure required or appropriate including the disclosure required by Item 407(d)(3)(i) of Regulation S-K; and
 
  •  legal, ethical and regulatory compliance including application of our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
 
The Audit Committee was established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act and currently consists of Messrs. Ganske, Carpenter and Lipscomb. Mr. Ganske serves as chairman of our Audit Committee. Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Ganske qualify as independent “audit committee financial experts” as such term has been defined by the SEC in Item 407 of Regulation S-K. We believe that the composition of our


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audit committee meets the criteria for independence under, and the functioning of our audit committee complies with the applicable requirements of, the NASDAQ Rules and federal securities law.
 
Personnel and Compensation Committee
 
The primary purpose of our Personnel and Compensation Committee is to establish and review our overall compensation philosophy and policy, to establish and review our director compensation philosophy and policy, and to review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to compensation of the Company’s executive officers. In addition, the Personnel and Compensation Committee oversees our employee benefit plans and practices and produces a report on executive compensation as required by SEC rules. The Personnel and Compensation Committee may form, and delegate any of its responsibilities to, a subcommittee so long as such subcommittee is solely comprised of one or more members of the Personnel and Compensation Committee.
 
The Personnel and Compensation Committee has the authority, pursuant to its charter, to retain outside counsel, compensation consultants or other advisors to assist it in carrying out its activities. The Personnel and Compensation Committee does not currently retain any consultants.
 
Messrs. Carpenter, McPherson and Lipscomb serve on the Personnel and Compensation Committee, each of whom is a non-employee member of our Board of Directors and independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Rules. Mr. Carpenter serves as chairman of the Personnel and Compensation Committee. We believe that the composition of our Personnel and Compensation Committee meets the criteria for independence under, and the functioning of our Personnel and Compensation Committee complies with the applicable requirements of, the NASDAQ Rules.
 
Compensation Policies and Practices Regarding Risk Taking
 
The Company has considered its compensation policies and practices for its employees and concluded that the policies and practices do not give rise to risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company. This conclusion was based on the assessment performed by the Company’s management and was reviewed by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors.
 
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
 
The primary purpose of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is to:
 
  •  identify and recommend to the Board individuals qualified to serve as directors of our company and on committees of the Board;
 
  •  advise the Board with respect to Board composition, procedures and committees;
 
  •  develop and recommend to the Board a set of corporate governance principles and guidelines applicable to us; and
 
  •  oversee the evaluation of the Board and our management.
 
Messrs. McPherson, Ganske and Lipscomb serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, each of whom is a non-employee member of our Board of Directors and independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Rules. Mr. McPherson serves as chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. We believe that the composition of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee meets the criteria for independence under, and the functioning of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee complies with the applicable requirements of, the NASDAQ Rules. Please see the section entitled “Corporate Governance” herein for further discussion of the roles and responsibilities of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.


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Board, Committee and Annual Meeting Attendance
 
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, the Board and its Committees held the following aggregate number of regular and special meetings:
 
         
Board
    4  
Audit Committee
    7  
Personnel and Compensation Committee
    2  
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
    2  
 
Each of our directors attended 75% or more of the total number of the meetings of the Board and of the Committees on which he served during the year.
 
The independent members of the Board, and each of the three standing committees of the Board, met in independent director sessions without the Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer or members of management present at least two times during 2010.
 
The Board has adopted a policy pursuant to which directors are expected to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders in the absence of a scheduling conflict or other valid reason. Six of our seven directors serving at such time attended the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in person and one director attended via telephone.
 
Board Leadership Structure and Board Oversight of Risk Management
 
Pursuant to our bylaws, our Board of Directors determines the best board leadership structure for the Company from time to time by appointing the Chairman of the Board. As part of our annual board self-evaluation process, the Board evaluates our leadership structure to ensure that it provides the optimal structure for the Company and stockholders. While we recognize that different board leadership structures may be appropriate for companies in different situations, we believe our current leadership structure, with Mr. Christenson serving as CEO and Mr. Hurt as Executive Chairman, is the optimal structure for the Company at this time.
 
We believe our CEO and our Executive Chairman have an excellent working relationship that has allowed Mr. Christenson to make a good transition into the role of CEO and will allow him to focus on the Company’s strategic objectives. By dividing the chairman and CEO roles, we believe our structure provides strong leadership for our Board of Directors, while also positioning our CEO as the leader of the Company in the eyes of our employees and other stakeholders.
 
Our Board of Directors has five members (four of which are independent) in addition to the Executive Chairman and the CEO. A number of the members of our Board of Directors are currently serving or have served as members of senior management of other public companies and have served as directors of other public companies. We have three board committees comprised solely of independent directors. We believe that the number of independent, experienced directors that make up our Board of Directors, along with the oversight of the Board of Directors by the Executive Chairman, provides our management with appropriate oversight, leadership and guidance. We do not have a lead director, but our non-management directors meet in executive session without management present as frequently as they deem appropriate, typically at the time of each regular board meeting.
 
Our board is responsible for overseeing our risk management. The Board’s role in the Company’s risk oversight process includes receiving regular reports from members of senior management on areas of material risk to the Company, including operational, financial, legal and regulatory, and strategic and reputational risks. The full Board (or the appropriate committee in the case of risks that are under the purview of a particular committee) receives these reports from the appropriate person within the Company to enable the Board to understand our risk identification, risk management and risk mitigation strategies. When a committee receives the report, the chairman of the relevant committee reports on the discussion to the full Board during the committee reports portion of the next Board meeting. This enables the Board and its Committees to coordinate the risk oversight role, particularly with respect to risk interrelationships. The Audit Committee also discusses


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guidelines and policies to govern the process by which risk management is handled. The Audit Committee discusses the Company’s major risk exposures and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures. The Board believes that the work undertaken by the full Board, together with the work undertaken by the Audit Committee and the other committees, enables the Board to effectively oversee the Company’s risk management function.
 
Director Compensation
 
Standard Board Fees
 
Our non-employee directors receive the following standard cash compensation:
 
  •  Annual Retainer Fee: $60,000 (payable in equal quarterly installments);
 
  •  Chairman of the Audit Committee: $8,000;
 
  •  Chairman of the Personnel and Compensation Committee: $5,000; and
 
  •  Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee: $5,000.
 
In addition, each of the non-employee directors will receive an annual grant of restricted stock with a value equal to $60,000 on the date of grant. Such grants generally vest immediately on the initial date of grant.
 
All members of our Board of Directors are reimbursed for their usual and customary expenses incurred in connection with attending all Board and other committee meetings.
 
The following table sets forth information concerning compensation paid to our non-employee directors during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
 
Non-Employee Director Compensation Table
 
                                         
                Non-Equity
             
    Fees Earned or
    Stock
    Incentive Plan
    All Other
       
Name
  Paid in Cash ($)     Awards ($)(1)     Compensation ($)     Compensation ($)     Total ($)  
 
Edmund M. Carpenter
    65,000       60,000 (2)                 125,000  
Lyle G. Ganske
    60,000       60,000 (2)                 120,000  
Michael S. Lipscomb
    60,000       60,000 (2)                 120,000  
Larry McPherson
    65,000       60,000 (2)                 125,000  
James H. Woodward Jr.  
    68,000       60,000 (2)                 128,000  
 
 
(1) These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of restricted stock awards granted in fiscal year 2010 in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. For additional information on the valuation assumptions regarding the restricted stock awards, refer to Note 10 to our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2010, which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 filed with the SEC.
 
(2) Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Woodward, Mr. Ganske, Mr. McPherson, and Mr. Lipscomb each had 1,103 unvested shares of restricted stock outstanding as of December 31, 2010.
 
Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation.
 
During our last completed fiscal year, no member of the Compensation Committee was an employee, officer or former officer of Altra. None of our executive officers served on the board of directors or compensation committee of any entity in 2010 that had an executive officer serving as a member of our Board or Compensation Committee.


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Certain Relationships and Related Transactions
 
Transactions with Directors and Management
 
Under our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, all transactions involving a conflict of interest, including holding a financial interest in a significant supplier, customer or competitor of the Company, are generally prohibited. However, holding a financial interest of less than 2% in a publicly held company and other limited circumstances are excluded transactions. Our directors and officers are prohibited from using his or her position to influence the Company’s decision relating to a transaction with a significant supplier, customer or competitor to which he or she is affiliated. Our Audit Committee Charter provides that the Audit Committee shall review, discuss and approve any transactions or courses of dealing with related parties that are significant in size or involve terms or other aspects that differ from those that would likely be negotiated with independent parties.
 
Indemnification Agreements
 
We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and executive officers. We believe that these agreements are necessary to attract and retain qualified persons as directors and executive officers. These agreements require us to indemnify these individuals to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law against liabilities that may arise by reason of their service to us, and to advance expenses incurred as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified. We also intend to enter into indemnification agreements with our future directors and executive officers.
 
Corporate Governance
 
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s Role and Responsibilities
 
Primary responsibility for Altra’s corporate governance practices rests with the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the “Governance Committee”). The Governance Committee is responsible for, among other things, (i) overseeing the Company’s policies and procedures for the Board’s nomination of persons to stand for election to serve on the Board of Directors by stockholders and consideration of any stockholder nominations of persons to stand for election to the Board of Directors; (ii) identifying, screening and reviewing individuals qualified to serve as directors and recommending candidates for nomination for election or to fill vacancies; (iii) reviewing annually the composition and size of the Board; (iv) aiding the Board and its committees in their annual self-evaluations; (v) developing, recommending and overseeing implementation of the Company’s corporate governance guidelines and principles; (vi) reviewing, monitoring and addressing conflicts of interest of directors and executives officers; and (vii) reviewing on a regular basis the overall corporate governance of the Company and recommending improvements when necessary. Described below are some of the significant corporate governance practices that have been instituted by the Board of Directors at the recommendation of the Governance Committee.
 
Director Independence
 
The Governance Committee annually reviews the independence of all directors and reports its findings to the full Board. The Governance Committee has determined that the following directors are independent within the meaning of the NASDAQ Rules and relevant federal securities laws and regulations: Edmund M. Carpenter, Lyle G. Ganske, Michael S. Lipscomb and Larry McPherson.
 
Board Evaluation
 
The Board of Directors has adopted a policy whereby the Governance Committee will assist the Board and its committees in evaluating their performance and effectiveness on an annual basis. As part of this evaluation, the Governance Committee assesses the progress in the areas targeted for improvement during previous evaluations, and develops recommendations to enhance the respective Board or committee effectiveness over the next year.


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Director Nomination Process
 
The Governance Committee reviews the skills, characteristics and experience of potential candidates for election to the Board of Directors and recommends nominees for director to the full Board for approval. In addition the Governance Committee assesses the overall composition of the Board of Directors, including factors such as size, composition, diversity, skills, significant experience and time commitment to Altra.
 
It is the Governance Committee’s policy to utilize a variety of means to identify prospective nominees for the Board, and it considers referrals from other Board members, management, stockholders and other external sources such as retained executive search firms. The Governance Committee utilizes the same criteria for evaluating candidates irrespective of their source.
 
The Governance Committee believes that any nominee must meet the following minimum qualifications:
 
  •  Candidates should be persons of high integrity who possess independence, forthrightness, inquisitiveness, good judgment and strong analytical skills.
 
  •  Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to devote the time required for Board duties including, but not limited to, attendance at meetings.
 
  •  Candidates should possess a team-oriented ethic consistent with Altra’s core values, and be committed to the interests of all stockholders as opposed to those of any particular constituency.
 
The Governance Committee seeks nominees with a broad diversity of experience, professions, skills, geographic representation and backgrounds. Accordingly, when considering director candidates, the Governance Committee will seek individuals with backgrounds and qualities that, when combined with those of Altra’s other directors, provide a blend of skills and experience that will further enhance the Board’s effectiveness. The Committee does not assign specific weights to particular criteria and no particular criterion is necessarily applicable to all prospective nominees. Nominees are not discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis proscribed by law.
 
To recommend a candidate for consideration, a stockholder should submit a written statement of the qualifications of the proposed nominee, including full name and address, to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chairman, c/o Altra Holdings, Inc., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184.
 
Corporate Governance Guidelines
 
The Governance Committee has developed and recommended the Company’s Statement of Governance Principles, Policies and Procedures (the “Governance Principles”) which has been approved by our full Board. Altra’s Governance Principles are available on the Company’s website at http://ir.altramotion.com/governance.cfm .
 
Business Conduct and Compliance
 
Altra maintains a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code of Ethics”) that is applicable to all directors, officers and employees of the Company. It sets forth Altra’s policies and expectations on a number of topics, including conflicts of interest, protection and proper use of company assets, relationships with customers and vendors (business ethics), accounting practices, and compliance with laws, rules and regulations. A copy of the Code of Ethics is available on the Company’s website at http://ir.altramotion.com/governance.cfm . Individuals can report suspected violations of the Altra Holdings, Inc. Code of Ethics anonymously by contacting the Altra Compliance and Ethics Hotline at (800) 826-6762.
 
Altra also maintains policies regarding insider trading and communications with the public (the “Insider Trading Policy”) and procedures for the Audit Committee regarding complaints about accounting matters (the “Whistleblower Policy”). The Insider Trading Policy sets forth the Company’s limitations regarding trading in Company securities and the handling of non-public material information. The policy is applicable to directors, officers and employees of Altra and is designed to help ensure compliance with federal securities laws. The Whistleblower Policy was established to set forth the Audit Committee’s procedures to receive, retain,


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investigate and act on complaints and concerns of employees and stockholders regarding accounting, internal accounting controls and auditing matters, including complaints regarding attempted or actual circumvention of internal accounting controls. Accounting complaints may be made directly to the Chairman of the Audit Committee in writing as follows: Audit Committee Chairman, c/o Altra Holdings, Inc., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184. A copy of the Audit Committee’s Whistleblower Policy and procedures may be requested from the Corporate Secretary, Altra Holdings, Inc., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184.
 
Succession Planning
 
The Board of Directors recognizes that a sudden or unexpected change in leadership could cause the Company to experience management transition issues that could adversely affect the Company’s operations, relations with employees and results. In 2008, the Governance Committee implemented a succession plan for the departure of Mr. Hurt as our Chief Executive Officer and the appointment of Mr. Christenson to that position. The Governance Committee is in the process of developing a new succession plan for the Chief Executive Officer position.
 
Communication with Directors
 
Stockholders or other interested parties wishing to communicate with the Board, the non-management directors, or any individual director may do so by contacting the Chairman of the Board by mail, addressed to Chairman of the Board, c/o Altra Holdings, Inc., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184.
 
All communications to the Board will remain unopened and be promptly forwarded to the Chairman of the Board, who shall in turn forward them promptly to the appropriate director(s). Such items as are unrelated to a director’s duties and responsibilities as a Board member may be excluded from this policy by the Chairman of the Board, including, without limitation, solicitations and advertisements; junk mail; product-related communications; job referral materials such as resumes; surveys; and material that is determined to be illegal or otherwise inappropriate. Before being discarded, the director(s) to whom such information is addressed is generally informed that the information has been removed, and that it will be made available to such director(s) upon request.


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OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
 
The following table sets forth names, ages and positions of the persons who are our executive officers as of March 28, 2011:
 
         
Name
 
Age
 
Position
 
Michael L. Hurt
  65   Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board
Carl R. Christenson
  51   President and Chief Executive Officer
Christian Storch
  51   Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Glenn E. Deegan
  44   Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary
Gerald P. Ferris
  61   Vice President of Global Sales
Todd B. Patriacca
  41   Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Treasurer
Craig Schuele
  47   Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
 
Michael L. Hurt, P.E. , 65, has been our Executive Chairman since January 2009. Prior to his current position, Mr. Hurt served as Chief Executive Officer and a director since our formation in 2004. In November 2006, Mr. Hurt was elected as Chairman of our Board. During 2004, prior to our formation, Mr. Hurt provided consulting services to Genstar Capital and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kilian in October 2004. From January 1991 to November 2003, Mr. Hurt was the President and Chief Executive Officer of TB Wood’s Incorporated, a manufacturer of industrial power transmission products. Prior to TB Wood’s, Mr. Hurt spent 23 years in a variety of management positions at the Torrington Company, a major manufacturer of bearings and a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand. Mr. Hurt currently serves as a director of Genwoods Holdco, LLC, a private equity backed manufacturer of farm machinery and equipment, and as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Genstar Capital. Mr. Hurt holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and an M.B.A. from Clemson-Furman University.
 
Carl R. Christenson , 51, has been our Chief Executive Officer since January 2009 and director since July 2007. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christenson served as our President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2005 to December 2008. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Christenson was the President of Kaydon Bearings, a manufacturer of custom-engineered bearings and a division of Kaydon Corporation. Prior to joining Kaydon, Mr. Christenson held a number of management positions at TB Wood’s Incorporated and several positions at the Torrington Company. Mr. Christenson holds a M.S. and B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic.
 
Christian Storch , 51, has been our Chief Financial Officer since December 2007. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Storch was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Standex International Corporation. Mr. Storch also served on the Board of Directors of Standex International from October 2004 to December 2007. Mr. Storch also served as Standex International’s Treasurer from 2003 to April 2006 and Manager of Corporate Audit and Assurance Services from July 1999 to 2003. Prior to Standex International, Mr. Storch was a Divisional Financial Director and Corporate Controller at Vossloh AG, a publicly held German transport technology company. Mr. Storch has also previously served as an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Storch holds a degree in business administration from the University of Passau, Germany.
 
Glenn E. Deegan , 44, has been our Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary since June 2009. Prior to his current position, Mr. Deegan served as our General Counsel and Secretary since September 2008. From March 2007 to August 2008, Mr. Deegan served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Averion International Corp., a publicly held global provider of clinical research services. Prior to Averion, from June 2001 to March 2007, Mr. Deegan served as Director of Legal Affairs and then as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of MacroChem Corporation, a publicly held specialty pharmaceutical company. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Deegan served as Assistant General Counsel of Summit Technology, Inc., a publicly held manufacturer of ophthalmic laser systems. Mr. Deegan previously


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spent over six years engaged in the private practice of law and also served as law clerk to the Honorable Francis J. Boyle in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Mr. Deegan holds a B.S. from Providence College and a J.D. from Boston College.
 
Gerald P. Ferris , 61, has been our Vice President of Global Sales since May 2007 and held the same position with Power Transmission Holdings, LLC, our Predecessor, since March 2002. He is responsible for the worldwide sales of our broad product platform. Mr. Ferris joined our Predecessor in 1978 and since joining has held various positions. He became the Vice President of Sales for Boston Gear in 1991. Mr. Ferris holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Stonehill College.
 
Todd B. Patriacca , 41, has been our Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Treasurer since February 2010. Prior to his current position, Mr. Patriacca served as our Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Assistant Treasurer since October 2008 and previous to that, as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller since May 2007 and as Corporate Controller since May 2005. Prior to joining us, Mr. Patriacca was Corporate Finance Manager at MKS Instrument Inc., a semi-conductor equipment manufacturer since March 2002. Prior to MKS, Mr. Patriacca spent over ten years at Arthur Andersen LLP in the Assurance Advisory practice. Mr. Patriacca is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.A. in History from Colby College and an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University.
 
Craig Schuele , 47, has been our Vice President of Marketing and Business Development since May 2007 and held the same position with our Predecessor since July 2004. Prior to his current position, Mr. Schuele has been Vice President of Marketing since March 2002, and previous to that he was a Director of Marketing. Mr. Schuele joined our Predecessor in 1986 and holds a B.S. degree in Management from Rhode Island College.
 
COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS
 
The following discussion provides an overview and analysis of our compensation programs and policies and the major factors that shape the creation and implementation of those policies. In this discussion and analysis, and in the more detailed tables and narrative that follow, we will discuss compensation and compensation decisions for fiscal 2010 relating to the following persons, whom we refer to as our named executive officers:
 
Carl R. Christenson, President and Chief Executive Officer;
 
Christian Storch, Chief Financial Officer;
 
Gerald P. Ferris, Vice President of Global Sales;
 
Glenn E. Deegan, Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary; and.
 
Craig Schuele, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.
 
Personnel and Compensation Committee
 
The Personnel and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”), as further discussed in this Proxy Statement under the caption “Committees of the Board of Directors,” has responsibility for establishing, implementing and monitoring adherence with the Company’s compensation program. The role of the Compensation Committee is to oversee, on behalf of the Board and for the benefit of the Company and its stockholders, the Company’s compensation and benefit plans and policies, review and approve equity grants to directors and executive officers and determine and approve annually all compensation relating to the CEO and the other executive officers of the Company. The Compensation Committee utilizes the Company’s Human Resources Department and reviews data from market surveys and proxy statements to assess the Company’s competitive position with respect to base salary, annual incentives and long-term incentive compensation. The Compensation Committee has the authority to engage the services of independent compensation consultants and engaged the Hay Group in 2007 to perform an executive compensation study for purposes of assisting in the establishment of executive and director compensation. The Compensation


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Committee meets a minimum of two times annually to review executive compensation programs, determine compensation levels and performance targets, review management performance, and approve final executive bonus distributions.
 
Objectives of Our Compensation Programs
 
We believe that compensation paid to executive officers should be closely aligned with the performance of the Company on both a short-term and long-term basis, and that such compensation should assist the Company in attracting and retaining key executives critical to the Company’s success. To this end, our compensation program for executive officers is structured to achieve the following objectives:
 
Recruiting and Retention of Talented Professionals
 
We believe that it is primarily the dedication, creativity, competence and experience of our workforce that enables us to compete, given the realities of the industry in which we operate. We aim to compensate our executives at competitive levels in order to attract and retain highly qualified professionals critical to our success. There are many important factors in attracting and retaining qualified individuals. Compensation is one of them but not the only one.
 
Alignment of Individual and Short-Term and Long-Term Organizational Goals
 
We seek to align the short-term interests of our executives with those of our stockholders by structuring a significant portion of executive compensation as a performance-based bonus. In particular, the level of cash incentive compensation is determined by the use of annual performance targets, which we believe encourages superior short-term performance and operating results for the organization.
 
We strive to align the long-term interests of our executives with those of our stockholders and foster an ownership mentality in our executives by giving them a meaningful stake in our success through our equity incentive programs. Our equity compensation program for executives is designed to link the long-term compensation levels of our executives to the creation of lasting stockholder value.
 
Rewarding Meaningful Results
 
We believe that compensation should be structured to encourage and reward performance that leads to meaningful results for the Company. Both our cash and equity incentive compensation programs are tied primarily to each executive’s contribution to sales and earnings growth and working capital management of Altra. Our strategy is to compensate our executives at competitive levels, with the opportunity to earn above-median compensation for above-market performance as compared to our peer group, through programs that emphasize performance-based incentive compensation in the form of annual cash payments and equity-based awards.
 
Elements of Compensation
 
Total compensation for our executive officers consists of the following elements of pay:
 
  •  Base salary;
 
  •  Annual cash incentive bonus dependent on our financial performance and achievement of individual objectives;
 
  •  Long-term incentive compensation through grants of equity-based awards, which have traditionally been in the form of restricted stock;
 
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  •  Medical and dental benefits that are available to substantially all our employees. We share the expense of such health benefits with our employees, the cost depending on the level of benefits coverage an employee elects to receive. Our health plan offerings are the same for our executive officers and our other non-executive employees; and
 
  •  Our named executive officers are provided with the same short-term and long-term disability insurance benefits as our other salaried employees. Additionally, our named executive officers are provided with life insurance and supplemental long-term disability benefits that are not available to all salaried employees.
 
What We Reward, Why We Pay Each Element of Compensation and How Each Element Relates to Our Compensation Objectives
 
Base salary, as well as other benefits such as 401(k) participation, severance, health care and life and disability insurance, are intended to provide a level of income and benefits commensurate with the executive’s position, responsibilities and contributions to the Company. We believe the combined value of base salary, annual cash incentives and other fringe benefits should be competitive with the salary, bonus and general benefits provided to similarly situated executives in the industry.
 
We compensate our executives through programs that emphasize performance-based incentive compensation. We have structured annual cash and long-term non-cash compensation to motivate executives to achieve the business goals set by us and reward the executives for achieving such goals.
 
Through our annual cash bonus program, we attempt to tailor performance goals to each individual executive officer and to our current priorities and needs. Through our long-term, non-cash incentive compensation, we attempt to align the interests of our executive officers with those of our stockholders by rewarding our executives based on increases in our stock price over time through awards of restricted stock.
 
How We Determine the Amounts We Pay
 
The Company was originally formed as a private company and established its executive compensation structure in accordance with such status. Since the Company’s initial public offering in December 2006, the Compensation Committee has found it advisable to conduct a review of its executive compensation structure and practices. As permitted by its charter, in 2007 the Compensation Committee retained the services of the Hay Group, an independent compensation consultant to assist in this review. The Hay Group assisted the Compensation Committee in assessing the prior compensation and benefit programs and helped to develop new compensation and benefit programs appropriate for the Company’s publicly held status. This analysis included benchmarking the Company’s prior programs against industry peers and other relevant public companies and providing insight into the structuring of compensation programs to achieve various short-term and long-term objectives while retaining key executives. The peer group companies reviewed by the Hay Group included Twin Disc Inc., RBC Bearings Inc., NN Inc., Kaydon Corp., Franklin Electric Company Inc., CIRCOR International Inc., Robbins & Myers Inc., Baldor Electric Company, Woodward Governor Company, and IDEX Corporation.
 
The Compensation Committee received the Hay Group’s report during 2007, which indicated that certain of the Company’s executive officers received compensation below median levels for its peer group. The Hay Group recommended that the Compensation Committee consider increasing certain executive officer base salaries to market median levels. In addition, the Hay Group recommended the Compensation Committee consider increasing long-term incentive grants and establishing share ownership guidelines. The Hay Group indicated that these actions were designed to more closely align officer compensation with long-term results and stockholder interests.
 
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similar positions at other companies within the peer group, as well as internal comparisons of the relative compensation paid to the members of our executive team.
 
In addition, our CEO makes recommendations to the Compensation Committee with respect to the base compensation of our executives other than himself. In the case of the CEO, the Compensation Committee evaluates his performance and makes a recommendation of base compensation to the Board. These recommendations are then evaluated, discussed, modified as appropriate and ultimately approved by the Compensation Committee or the Board. Pursuant to the employment agreements the Company has entered into with Messrs. Hurt, Christenson and Storch, the Board may not reduce, but may increase, their base salaries so long as their employment agreements are in effect. For further discussion of the employment agreements, see the section entitled “Employment Agreements” in this Proxy Statement.
 
On February 4, 2010, the Compensation Committee approved the 2010 compensation for the named executive officers (effective on April 1, 2010) after a review of competitive market data and consideration of then current market and economic conditions. Increases in base salary were approved by the Compensation Committee based on a review of data from market surveys and proxy statements as well as the Compensation Committee’s philosophy that the Company’s executives should be paid at a competitive market rate while taking into account the performance of the Company and the performance and experience of the individual executive and, in the case of Mr. Christenson, a determination that his base salary was significantly below that of CEO’s at comparable companies based upon a review of proxy reports and other publicly available data. Base salaries of our named executive officers in effect at the end of the year 2010 are disclosed in the table below.
 
On February 11, 2011, the Compensation Committee approved the 2011 compensation for the following named executive officers (effective on January 1, 2011) after a review of competitive market data and consideration of current market and economic conditions. Increases in base salary were approved by the Compensation Committee based on a review of data from market surveys and proxy statements as well as the Compensation Committee’s philosophy that the Company’s executives should be paid at a competitive market rate while taking into account the performance of the Company and the performance and experience of the individual executive. For the year 2011, the named executive officers will receive base salaries as set forth below.
 
                         
            Percentage
Officer
  2010 Base   2011 Base   Increase
 
Carl R. Christenson
  $ 500,000     $ 525,000       5.0 %
Christian Storch
  $ 350,200     $ 360,706       3.0 %
Gerald P. Ferris
  $ 212,180     $ 218,545       3.0 %
Glenn E. Deegan
  $ 225,000     $ 231,750       3.0 %
Craig Schuele
  $ 193,084     $ 200,807       4.0 %
 
Annual Cash Incentives
 
Our executive officers (with the exception of Mr. Hurt) are eligible to participate in the Company’s Management Incentive Compensation Program (“MICP”). Under the MICP, the Compensation Committee establishes an annual target bonus opportunity for each of our executive officers based upon the Company’s achievement of certain financial performance targets. The financial performance targets in 2010 were based on adjusted EBITDA, working capital management, and sales and earnings per share (“sales/EPS”) growth goals. The adjusted EBITDA target consists of earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and is adjusted further for certain non-recurring costs, including, but not limited to, inventory fair value adjustments recorded in connection with acquisitions. The adjusted EBITDA target for fiscal 2010 was approximately $64 million. The working capital management target is based on the number of working capital turns for the year. The working capital management target for fiscal 2010 was approximately 4.75 turns. The sales/EPS growth component of the MICP is based on the growth of sales and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share. The baselines for measuring sales/EPS growth for the 2010 MICP were final 2009 net sales of approximately $452 million and final 2009 non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.33. Our


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executive officers are not entitled to a bonus under the MICP if the Company does not achieve at least 80% of the adjusted EBITDA target.
 
The Compensation Committee annually establishes a target bonus opportunity for each executive officer which represents the percentage of base salary to be received by the executive officer as a cash bonus if the Company meets its adjusted EBITDA and working capital management targets. This target percentage is then adjusted upwards or downwards by plotting actual adjusted EBITDA results on an established adjusted EBITDA target performance grid (“EBITDA Multiplier”). The resulting percentage is then further adjusted upwards or downwards by plotting actual working capital turns on an established working capital turns performance grid (“Working Capital Turns Multiplier”). The resulting percentage may then be further adjusted upward, but not downward, by plotting actual sales and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share on an established sales/EPS performance grid (“Sales/EPS Multiplier”).
 
For fiscal year 2010, Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan and Schuele had target bonus percentage amounts of 75%, 50%, 50%, 40% and 40% of their respective base salary. The Company’s actual results for fiscal 2010 were: (i) adjusted EBITDA of approximately $79 million which exceeded the adjusted EBITDA target and resulted in an EBITDA Multiplier of 2.1, (ii), working capital turns of approximately 4.87 which exceeded the working capital management target and resulted in a Working Capital Multiplier 1.01, and (iii) sales of approximately $520 million (approximately 15% growth) and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.02 (approximately 309% growth) which resulted in a Sales/EPS Multiplier of 1.5. Based upon these results and the combined above-target performance of the Company, the Compensation Committee approved bonuses to each of Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan and Schuele equal to approximately 239%, 159%, 159%, 127% and 127% of their respective base salary. Accordingly, Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan and Schuele received MICP bonus payouts of $1,193,063, $557,081, $337,525, $286,335 and $245,719, respectively. Any bonuses earned are fully paid in cash following the end of the year earned and after the completion of the consolidated financial statement audit.
 
To further clarify the bonus calculation, to follow is an example calculation for Mr. Christenson:
 
                                                 
                    Sales/EPS
   
            EBITDA
  Working Capital
  Growth
  Bonus
Base Salary
  Target %   Target $   Multiplier   Turns Multiplier   Multiplier   Payment(1)
 
$500,000
    75 %   $ 375,000       2.1       1.01       1.5     $ 1,193,063  
 
 
(1) (1,193,063 = 375,000 * 2.1 * 1.01 * 1.5)
 
As our Executive Chairman, Mr. Hurt is not eligible to participate in the Company’s MICP.
 
Discretionary Bonus
 
In addition to the amounts earned under the MICP, the Compensation Committee has recognized that certain special situations may arise where the Company may benefit from an employee significantly exceeding expectations and that such performance may warrant additional compensation. The Compensation Committee therefore granted our CEO the authority to award up to an aggregate of $250,000 worth of additional discretionary bonuses in 2010 to Company employees for services the CEO determines to be beneficial to the Company and above and beyond the scope of such employee’s regular services. No named executive officers received discretionary bonuses during 2010.
 
Long-Term Incentive Compensation
 
We believe that equity-based compensation ensures that our executives have a continuing stake in the long-term success of the Company. We issue equity-based compensation in the form of restricted stock, which generally vests ratably over a period of years. The purpose of these equity incentives is to encourage stock ownership, offer long-term performance incentive and to more closely align the executive’s compensation with the return received by the Company’s stockholders.
 
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be made to the Company’s executive officers to further align executive officers’ compensation with the long-term performance of the Company and to aid in retention. The Compensation Committee therefore determined that it was appropriate and in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to make incentive grants to the executive officers as a component of total compensation. The Compensation Committee has established a target long-term incentive opportunity for each executive officer which represents a percentage of base salary to be received annually by the executive officer as a long term incentive grant. In setting the target percentage of base salary for the long-term incentive grant, the Compensation Committee considered peer group benchmarking data and recommendations contained in the 2007 Hay Group report. The Compensation Committee may then adjust the incentive grant upwards or downwards in its discretion. Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan and Schuele have target incentive grant percentages equal to 150%, 50%, 35%, 35% and 35% of their respective base salary. On February 11, 2011, the Compensation Committee approved the following grants of restricted stock, which will vest in equal annual installments on August 15, 2011, August 15, 2012, August 15, 2013 and August 15, 2014, for each of the named executive officers set forth below:
 
                 
    Number of
  Cash Value
    Shares
  at time of
Officer
  Granted   Grant
 
Carl R. Christenson
    35,893     $ 787,500  
Christian Storch
    8,220     $ 180,353  
Gerald Ferris
    3,486     $ 76,491  
Glenn Deegan
    3,697     $ 81,113  
Craig Schuele
    3,203     $ 70,282  
 
 
The Compensation Committee did not adjust any of the above grants from the target percentage.
 
Other Benefits
 
We have a 401(k) plan in which the named executive officers currently participate. We also have a frozen defined benefit plan from which Mr. Ferris and Mr. Schuele are eligible to receive benefits. We also provide life, disability, medical and dental insurance as part of our compensation package. The Compensation Committee considers all of these plans and benefits when reviewing the total compensation of our executive officers.
 
Prior to February 1, 2009, the 401(k) plan offered a company match of $0.50 for every $1.00 contributed by a named executive officer to the plan, up to 6% of the executive officer’s pre-tax pay. Effective February 1, 2009, in connection with the Company’s efforts to reduce costs, the 401(k) match was suspended with respect to many of the Company’s employees, including the named executive officers. Effective February 15, 2010, a portion of the 401(k) plan company match, equal to $0.50 for every $1.00 contributed up to 4% of pre-tax pay, was restored. Effective July 1, 2010, the 401(k) plan company match was fully restored to pre-February 1, 2009 levels. For 2010, the Company also contributed an amount equal to 3% of a named executive officer’s pre-tax pay to their account regardless of the amount of the contributions made by the named executive officer.
 
Mr. Ferris and Mr. Schuele previously participated in the Colfax PT Pension Plan; however on December 31, 1998 participation in and benefits accrued under such plan were frozen. Under the provisions of the plan, upon reaching the normal retirement age of sixty-five, Mr. Ferris will receive annual payments of approximately $38,661 and Mr. Schuele will receive annual payments of approximately $10,814. As part of its acquisition of Power Transmission Holding LLC from Colfax Corporation, the Company assumed certain liabilities of the Colfax PT Pension Plan, including such future payments to Messrs. Ferris and Schuele.
 
The named executive officers are provided with the same short-term and long-term disability benefits as our other salaried employees. Additionally, the named executive officers are provided with life insurance and supplemental long-term disability benefits that are not available to all salaried employees.


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Perquisites
 
We do not provide the named executive officers with perquisites or other personal benefits such as company vehicles, club memberships, financial planning assistance, tax preparation or other similar benefits with the exception of Mr. Ferris, our Vice President of Global Sales, who as a sales executive has use of a company-leased automobile.
 
Stock Ownership Guidelines
 
In accordance with the recommendation of the Hay Group, on February 7, 2008, the Compensation Committee established the following stock ownership guidelines for certain of the Company’s senior executive positions, including those held by Messrs. Christenson, Storch, Ferris, Deegan, and Schuele:
 
  •  Carl R. Christenson — As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Christenson should retain the value of Company stock and/or cash value of his personal 401(k) account to be equivalent to five (5) times his base annual salary.
 
  •  Christian Storch — As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Storch should retain the value of Company stock and/or cash value of his personal 401(k) account to be equivalent to three (3) times his base annual salary.
 
  •  Gerald P. Ferris — As Vice President of Global Sales, Mr. Ferris should retain the value of Company stock and/or cash value of his personal 401(k) account to be equivalent to one (1) time his base annual salary.
 
  •  Glenn E. Deegan — As Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary, Mr. Deegan should retain the value of Company stock and/or cash value of his personal 401(k) account to be equivalent to one (1) times his base annual salary.
 
  •  Craig Schuele — As Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Mr. Schuele should retain the value of Company stock and/or cash value of his personal 401(k) account to be equivalent to one (1) time his base annual salary.
 
All of these executive officers have a five (5) year period to accumulate these specific values.
 
Tax and Accounting Considerations
 
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended generally places a limit of $1,000,000 on the amount of compensation that we may deduct in any one year with respect to our Chief Executive Officer and each of the next four most highly compensated executive officers. The Compensation Committee considers the anticipated tax treatment to the Company and its executive officers when reviewing the executive compensation programs. However, the Compensation Committee will not necessarily seek to limit executive compensation to amounts deductible under Section 162(m), as the Compensation Committee wishes to maintain flexibility to structure our executive compensation programs in ways that best promote the interests of the Company and its stockholders.
 
Change of Control Matters, Employment Contracts and Other Agreements
 
Employment Agreements
 
Two of our named executive officers, Messrs. Christenson and Storch, have entered into employment agreements with us and our wholly-owned subsidiary Altra Industrial Motion, Inc. Mr. Christenson entered into his employment agreement in early January 2005, which was subsequently amended on March 3, 2009 (with such amendment effective as of January 1, 2009). Under the terms of his employment agreement, Mr. Christenson has a five-year employment term, beginning on January 1, 2009, following which the agreement automatically renews for successive one-year terms unless either Mr. Christenson or Altra terminates the agreement upon 6 months prior notice to such renewal date. Mr. Storch entered into his employment agreement in December 2007. Under the terms of his employment agreement, Mr. Storch has a


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five-year employment term. Each of the employment agreements contain usual and customary restrictive covenants, including 12 month non-competition provisions and non-solicitation/no hire of employees or customers provisions, non-disclosure of proprietary information provisions and non-disparagement provisions. In the event of a termination without “cause” or departure for “good reason,” Messrs. Christenson and Storch are entitled to severance equal to 12 months salary, continuation of medical and dental benefits for the 12-month period following the date of termination, and an amount equal to their pro-rated bonus for the year of termination. In addition, upon such termination, all of Mr. Christenson’s unvested restricted stock received from our Incentive Plan shall automatically vest. Any payments upon termination are subject to certain conditions including compliance with the non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions described above. Under the terms of his employment agreement, upon the death or disability of Mr. Christenson, all of Mr. Christenson’s unvested restricted stock received from the Company’s Incentive Plan shall automatically vest.
 
Under the agreements, each of Messrs. Christenson and Storch is also eligible to participate in all compensation or employee benefit plans or programs and to receive all benefits and perquisites for which salaried employees of Altra Industrial Motion, Inc. generally are eligible under any current or future plan or program on the same basis as other senior executives of Altra Industrial Motion, Inc.
 
Change of Control Provisions
 
Pursuant to the terms of the employment agreements discussed above under the caption “Employment Agreements,” we provide benefits to Messrs. Christenson and Storch upon termination of employment from the Company under certain circumstances. The benefits described under the caption “Employment Agreements” are in addition to the benefits to which the executives would be entitled upon a termination of employment generally (i.e. vested retirement benefits accrued as of the date of termination, stock awards that are vested as of the date of termination and the right to elect continued health coverage pursuant to COBRA).
 
The Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Altra Industrial Motion, Inc., have entered into change of control agreements, effective as of October 28, 2008, with each of our named executive officers (collectively, the “Executives”). The change of control agreements provide that, subject to certain conditions, including compliance with non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions, in the event that (a) the Executive is terminated without cause or such Executive terminates employment for good reason within 24 months following a change of control of the Company (as defined in the change of control agreements) or (b) the Executive is terminated without cause in anticipation of a change of control of the Company within 90 days prior to such change of control (each, a “triggering event”), such Executive will be entitled to certain benefits. Such benefits include (i) a lump sum amount payable in cash equal to the sum of (A) a multiple (shown below for each of the named executive officers) of the Executive’s annual base salary then in effect and (B) a multiple (shown below for each of the “named executive officers”) of the Executive’s target bonus amount for the year of termination and (ii) continuation of medical and dental benefits for up to 18 months (period shown below for each of the “named executive officers”) following the date of termination. In addition, upon a change of control, the Executive will be entitled to an amount equal to such Executive’s


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pro-rated bonus for the year of termination and all of such Executive’s outstanding equity incentive awards will automatically vest in full and be exercisable as of the date of termination.
 
             
        Multiple of Base
   
        Salary and Target
  Medical and Dental
Executive
 
Title
 
Bonus
 
Continuation
 
Carl R. Christenson
  President and Chief   2x   18 Months
    Executive Officer        
Christian Storch
  Chief Financial Officer   2x   18 Months
Gerald P. Ferris
  Vice President of   1.5x   18 Months
    Global Sales        
Glenn E. Deegan
  Vice President, Legal   1.5x   18 Months
    and Human Resources,        
    General Counsel and        
    Secretary        
Craig Schuele
  Vice President of   1.5x   18 Months
    Marketing and Business        
    Development        
 
Because Messrs. Christenson and Storch also have employment agreements with the Company, the change of control agreements for these Executives provide that in the event of a triggering event, such Executive shall be entitled to receive benefits and payments under only one of the employment agreement or the change of control agreement, whichever is more favorable to the Executive at the time of such triggering event.
 
As more fully discussed in the caption “2004 Equity Incentive Plan” in this Proxy Statement, the Compensation Committee has the authority to affect immediate vesting of various employee incentive awards upon a change of control of Altra. The Compensation Committee may provide that any time prior to a change in control, any outstanding stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock units and unvested cash awards shall immediately vest and become exercisable and any restriction on restricted stock awards or stock units shall immediately lapse. In addition, the Compensation Committee may provide that all awards held by participants who are in our service at the time of the change of control, shall remain exercisable for the remainder of their terms notwithstanding any subsequent termination of a participant’s service.
 
Executive Severance Policy
 
The Compensation Committee has approved an Executive Severance Policy, effective as of November 1, 2008, applicable to officers of the Company holding the title of Vice President or Vice President and General Manager, including three named executive officers, Gerald P. Ferris, Glenn E. Deegan and Craig Schuele (collectively, the “Vice Presidents”). The Executive Severance Policy provides that, subject to certain conditions including compliance with non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions, in the event that a Vice President is terminated without cause by the Company, such Vice President will be entitled to continue receiving his base salary and medical and dental benefits for a period of 12 months following such termination. In the event a Vice President enters into a written agreement with the Company regarding severance, including a change of control agreement, the terms and conditions of such written agreement shall control with respect to the termination circumstances covered by such agreement and the Vice President shall not be eligible to receive benefits under this policy.
 
Amounts payable to our named executive officers due to termination of employment or a change of control under any employment agreements or otherwise are disclosed in further detail in the table entitled “Potential Post-Employment Payments to Named Executive Officers” contained in this Proxy Statement.
 
Indemnification Agreements
 
We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and executive officers. We believe that these agreements are necessary to attract and retain qualified persons as directors and executive officers. These agreements require us to indemnify these individuals to the fullest extent permitted under Delaware law against liabilities that may arise by reason of their service to us, and to advance expenses


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incurred as a result of any proceeding against them as to which they could be indemnified. We also intend to enter into indemnification agreements with our future directors and executive officers.
 
Retirement
 
As part of the acquisition of Power Transmission Holding LLC (“PTH”) from Colfax Corporation, we agreed to assume active pension plan liabilities of PTH, including certain liabilities under its Colfax PT Pension Plan. Mr. Ferris and Mr. Schuele previously participated in the Colfax PT Pension Plan; however, on December 31, 1998, their participation in and benefits accrued under such plan were frozen. Under the provisions of the plan, upon reaching the normal retirement age of 65, Mr. Ferris will receive annual payments of approximately $38,661 and Mr. Schuele will receive annual payments of approximately $10,814. These amounts were determined from a formula set forth in the plan and are based upon (i) a participant’s years of service, (ii) a participant’s compensation at the time the plan was frozen, and (iii) a standard set of benefit percentage multipliers. The assumed liabilities of the Colfax PT Pension Plan, including the retirement benefits payable to Mr. Ferris and Mr. Schuele, will be managed under the Altra Industrial Motion, Inc. Retirement Plan, which has been frozen at identical levels to the Colfax PT Pension Plan.
 
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT
 
The Personnel and Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis included in this Proxy Statement. Based on this review and discussion, the Personnel and Compensation Committee has recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this Proxy Statement and incorporated by reference into our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
 
Personnel and Compensation Committee:
 
Edmund M. Carpenter (Chairman)
Larry McPherson
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COMPENSATION OF NAMED EXECUTIVES
 
The following table summarizes all compensation paid during fiscal 2008, 2009, and 2010 to our principal executive officer, our principal financial officer and our three other most highly compensated executive officers who were serving as executive officers at December 31, 2010. We refer to these executive officers as the named executive officers.
 
Summary Compensation Table
 
                                                         
                    Non-Equity
       
                Stock
  Incentive Plan
  All Other
  Total
Name & Principal Position
  Year   Salary   Bonus   Awards(1)   Compensation(2)   Compensation   Compensation
 
Carl R. Christenson
    2010     $ 478,129           $ 750,000     $ 1,193,063     $ 38,883 (3)   $ 2,460,075  
President and Chief Executive
    2009       391,327 (9)           550,876       236,513       24,144       1,202,860  
Officer
    2008       367,250             367,256       360,933       35,651       1,131,090  
Christian Storch
    2010       347,225             175,100       557,081       34,049 (4)     1,113,455  
Vice President and Chief
    2009       319,437 (9)           170,002       126,140       22,397       637,976  
Financial Officer
    2008       340,000                   257,040       28,810       625,850  
Gerald P. Ferris
    2010       210,356             74,263       337,525       28,409 (5)     650,553  
Vice President of Global Sales
    2009       197,403 (9)           72,100       76,426       25,565       371,494  
      2008       206,000             72,095       155,736       38,622       472,453  
Glenn E. Deegan
    2010       217,708             78,750       286,335       23,634 (6)     606,427  
Vice President, Legal and
    2009       191,654 (9)           70,000       50,000       11,261       322,915  
Human Resources, General Counsel
    2008 (7)     66,667             54,360       45,240       3,807       170,074  
and Secretary
                                                       
Craig Schuele
    2010       191,444             67,579       245,719       23,967 (8)     528,709  
Vice President of Marketing and
    2009       179,637 (9)           65,611       55,638       13,578       314,464  
Business Development
    2008       187,460             65,613       113,376       25,408       391,857  
 
 
(1) These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of awards for awards granted in fiscal years 2010, 2009, and 2008 in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. For additional information on the valuation assumptions regarding the restricted stock awards, refer to Note 10 to our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2010, which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 filed with the SEC.
 
(2) Paid in March of the subsequent year under the Company’s Management Incentive Compensation Program.
 
(3) Represents our 401(k) contribution of $27,243 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.
 
(4) Represents our 401(k) contribution of $20,646 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.
 
(5) Represents our 401(k) contribution of $14,376 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.
 
(6) Represents our 401(k) contribution of $12,937 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.
 
(7) Mr. Deegan commenced his employment with the Company in September 2008.
 
(8) Represents our 401(k) contribution of $12,863 and premiums paid for medical, dental, life and disability benefits.
 
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The following table presents information regarding grants of plan-based awards to our named executive officers during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
 
Grants of Plan-Based Awards
 
                                                                             
                                All Other
       
                                Stock Awards:
       
        Estimated Future Payouts
  Estimated Future Payouts
  Number of
       
        Under Non-Equity Incentive
  Under Equity Incentive
  Shares of
  Grant Date
   
        Plan Awards   Plan Awards   Stock or
  Fair Value
   
        Threshold
  Target
  Maximum
  Threshold
  Target
  Maximum
  Units
  of Stock &
   
Name
  Grant Date   ($)   ($)   ($)   (#)   (#)   (#)   (#)   Option Awards($)(1)    
 
Carl R. Christenson
    2/4/10                                       71,429     $ 750,000          
Christian Storch
    2/4/10                                       16,676       175,100          
Gerald P. Ferris
    2/4/10                                       7,073       74,263          
Glenn E. Deegan
    2/4/10                                       7,500       78,750          
Craig Schuele
    24/10                                       6,436       67,579          
 
 
(1) These amounts reflect the aggregate grant date fair value of awards in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. For additional information on the valuation assumptions regarding the restricted stock awards, refer to Note 10 to our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2010, which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 filed with the SEC.
 
The following table presents information concerning the number and value of restricted stock that has not vested for our named executive officers outstanding as of the end of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
 
Outstanding Equity at Fiscal Year-End
 
                                                 
    Option Awards   Stock Awards
                    Number of
  Market Value
    Number of
  Number of
          Shares or
  of Shares
    Securities
  Securities
          Units of
  or Units of
    Underlying
  Underlying
  Option
      Stock That
  Stock That
    Unexercised
  Unexercised
  Exercise
  Option
  Have Not
  Have Not
    Options (#)
  Options (#)
  Price
  Expiration
  Vested
  Vested
Name
  Exercisable   Unexercisable   ($)   Date   (#)   ($)
 
Carl R. Christenson
                            100,018 (1)   $ 1,986,357  
Christian Storch
                            34,755 (2)     690,234  
Gerald P. Ferris
                            11,827 (3)     234,884  
Glenn E. Deegan
                            12,469 (4)     247,634  
Craig Schuele
                            10,762 (5)     213,733  
 
 
(1) 37,701 restricted shares will vest in August of 2011, 6,756 restricted shares will vest in September 2011, 37,702 restricted shares will vest in August of 2012, and 17,859 shares will vest in August of 2013.
 
(2) 5,000 restricted shares will vest in each of December of 2011 and 2012. 10,293 restricted shares will vest in each of August of 2011 and 2012. 4,169 restricted shares will vest in August 2013
 
(3) 4,365 restricted shares will vest in August of 2011, 1,327 restricted shares will vest in September of 2011, 4,366 will vest in August 2012, and 1,769 restricted shares will vest in August of 2013.
 
(4) 600 restricted shares will vest in each of September 2011, 2012 and 2013. 4,397 restricted shares will vest in each of August 2011 and 2012. 1,875 restricted shares will vest in August of 2013.
 
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The following table presents information concerning the vesting of restricted stock for our named executive officers during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010. The Company has not granted any options.
 
Option Exercises and Stock Vested
 
                                 
    Option Awards   Stock Awards
    Number of
      Number of
   
    Shares Acquired
  Value Realized
  Shares Acquired
  Value Realized
    on Exercise
  on Exercise
  on Vesting
  on Vesting
Name
  (#)   ($)   (#)   ($)
 
Carl R. Christenson
                143,227     $ 1,841,727  
Christian Storch
                25,293       422,960  
Gerald P. Ferris
                25,191       320,619  
Glenn E. Deegan
                4,996       69,621  
Craig Schuele
                24,679       313,545  
 
Pension Benefits
 
The following table presents information concerning payments or other benefits for our named executive officers in connection with their retirement.*
 
                             
        Number of
  Present Value
   
        Years Credited
  of Accumulated
  Payments
        Service
  Benefit
  During Last
Name
  Plan Name   (#)   ($)   Fiscal Year($)
 
Carl R. Christenson
                   
Christian Storch
                   
Gerald P. Ferris (1)
  Altra Industrial
Motion, Inc.
Retirement Plan
    20.66     $ 317,973        
Glenn E. Deegan
                   
Craig Schuele (1)
  Altra Industrial
Motion, Inc.
Retirement Plan
    12.33     $ 43,586        
 
 
For further discussion of the valuation method and material assumptions used in quantifying the present value of accumulated benefit, see Note 10 of our Consolidated Financial Statements contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.
 
(1) Reflects pension benefits accrued for Mr. Ferris and Mr. Schuele under PTH’s Colfax PT Pension Plan, which Altra assumed in connection with its acquisition of PTH. Mr. Ferris’ and Mr. Schuele’s participation in and benefits accrued under such plan were frozen since December 31, 1998. The Altra Industrial Motion, Inc. Retirement Plan manages the assumed liabilities under the Colfax PT Pension Plan. Under the provisions of the Colfax PT Pension Plan, upon reaching the normal retirement age of 65, Messrs. Ferris and Schuele will receive annual payments of approximately $38,661 and $10,814, respectively. Messrs. Ferris and Schuele are eligible to receive a reduced annual payment in the event of his early retirement. For further discussion, please see the section of this Proxy Statement entitled “Retirement.”
 
2004 Equity Incentive Plan
 
Our 2004 Equity Incentive Plan, or Incentive Plan, permits the grant of restricted stock, stock units, stock appreciation rights, cash, non-qualified stock options and incentive stock options to purchase shares of our common stock, par value $0.001 per share. Currently, the maximum number of shares of our common stock that may be issued under the terms of the Incentive Plan is 3,004,256 and the maximum number of shares that may be subject to “incentive stock options” (within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code) is 1,750,000 shares. The Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors administers the Incentive Plan and


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has discretion to establish the specific terms and conditions for each award. Our employees, consultants and directors are eligible to receive awards under our Incentive Plan. Stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, stock units and cash awards may constitute performance-based awards in accordance with Section 162(m) of the Code at the discretion of the Compensation Committee. Any grant of restricted stock under the Incentive Plan may be subject to vesting requirements, as provided in its applicable award agreement, and will generally vest in equal annual installments over a period of years. The Compensation Committee may provide that any time prior to a change in control, any outstanding stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock units and unvested cash awards shall immediately vest and become exercisable and any restriction on restricted stock awards or stock units shall immediately lapse. In addition, the Compensation Committee may provide that all awards held by participants who are in our service at the time of the change of control, shall remain exercisable for the remainder of their terms notwithstanding any subsequent termination of a participant’s service. All awards shall be subject to the terms of any agreement effecting a change of control. Other than Mr. Hurt’s and Mr. Christenson’s grants, upon a participant’s termination of employment (other than for cause), unless the Board or Compensation Committee provides otherwise: (i) any outstanding stock options or stock appreciation rights may be exercised 90 days after termination, to the extent vested, (ii) unvested restricted stock awards and stock units shall expire and (iii) cash awards and performance-based awards shall be forfeited. Under the terms of his restricted stock agreements, in the event Mr. Hurt’s employment is terminated by us other than for cause, or terminates for good reason, death or disability all of his unvested restricted stock awards shall vest automatically. Under the terms of his employment agreement, in the event Mr. Christenson’s employment is terminated by us other than for cause, or terminates for good reason, all of his unvested restricted stock awards shall vest automatically. In the event Mr. Christenson’s employment is terminated due to death or disability, certain of Mr. Christenson’s restricted stock awards shall vest automatically.
 
The following table presents information concerning our 2004 Equity Incentive Plan as of December 31, 2010.
 
Equity Compensation Plan Information
 
                         
                Number of Securities
 
                Remaining Available for
 
          Weighted-Average
    Future Issuance Under
 
    Number of Securities to
    Exercise Price of
    Equity Compensation
 
    be Issued Upon Exercise of
    Outstanding Options,
    Plans (Excluding
 
    Outstanding Options,
    Warrants and
    Securities Reflected
 
Plan Category
  Warrants and Rights(a)     Rights(b)     in Column (a))(c)  
 
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders(1)
        $       408,227  
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders
    n/a       n/a       n/a  
Total
        $       408,227  
 
 
(1) The equity compensation plans were approved by the Company’s stockholders prior to the initial public offering.
 
Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-In-Control
 
The applicable employment agreement, change of control agreement, or executive severance policy control payments to the named executive officers upon termination or a change in control of the Company. Please refer to “Change of Control Matters, Employment Contracts, and Other Agreements” in the “Compensation Discussion & Analysis” section in this Proxy Statement for a detailed discussion of the terms of each of these agreements.
 
The estimated payments and benefits that would be provided to each named executive officer as a result of a termination (i) upon death or disability, (ii) without cause or for good reason, (iii) involuntary with cause or voluntary without good reason, or (iv) upon a change in control are set forth in the table below. Calculations


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for this table are based on the assumption that the termination took place on December 31, 2010 and the individual was employed for the full year of fiscal 2010. The amounts in the table below do not include payments and benefits to the extent they are provided on a non-discriminatory basis to salaried employees generally upon termination of employment.
 
                                                                 
    Carl R. Christenson   Christian Storch
        Termination
              Termination
       
        Without
  Involuntary
          Without
  Involuntary
   
        Cause
  for Cause/
          Cause
  for Cause/
   
    Death or
  or for
  Voluntary
  Change in
  Death or
  or for
  Voluntary
  Change in
    Disability   Good Reason   Termination   Control   Disability   Good Reason   Termination   Control
    Incremental and Earned Compensation
 
Cash Severance(1)
  $     $ 500,000     $     $ 1,000,000     $     $ 350,200     $     $ 700,400  
Health Insurance(1)
          10,000             15,000             10,000             15,000  
Restricted Stock(2)
    1,986,357       1,986,357             1,986,357                         690,234  
Performance Bonus(1)
    1,193,063       1,193,063       1,193,063       1,943,063       557,081       557,081       557,081       907,281  
Total
  $ 3,179,420     $ 3,689,420     $ 1,193,063     $ 4,944,420     $ 557,081     $ 917,281     $ 557,081     $ 2,312,915  
 
                                                                 
    Gerald P. Ferris (3)   Glenn E. Deegan
        Termination
              Termination
       
        Without
  Involuntary
          Without
  Involuntary
   
        Cause
  for Cause/
          Cause
  for Cause/
   
    Death or
  or for
  Voluntary
  Change in
  Death or
  or for
  Voluntary
  Change in
    Disability   Good Reason   Termination   Control   Disability   Good Reason   Termination   Control
    Incremental and Earned Compensation
 
Cash Severance(1)
  $     $ 212,180     $     $ 318,270     $     $ 225,000     $     $ 337,500  
Health Insurance(1)
          10,000             15,000             10,000             15,000  
Restricted Stock(2)
                      234,884                         247,634  
Performance Bonus(1)
                      496,660                         421,335  
Total
  $     $ 222,180     $     $ 1,064,814     $     $ 235,000     $     $ 1,021,469  
 
                                 
    Craig Schuele (3)
        Termination
       
        Without
  Involuntary
   
        Cause
  for Cause/
   
    Death or
  or for
  Voluntary
  Change in
    Disability   Good Reason   Termination   Control
    Incremental and Earned Compensation
 
Cash Severance(1)
  $     $ 193,084     $     $ 289,626  
Health Insurance(1)
          10,000             10,000  
Restricted Stock(2)
                      213,733  
Performance Bonus(1)
                      361,569  
Total
  $     $ 203,084     $     $ 874,928  
 
 
(1) Cash severance, health insurance and performance bonus amounts payable upon termination as reflected herein were determined by the terms of the applicable employment agreement (with respect to Messrs. Christenson and Storch), executive severance policy (with respect to Messrs. Ferris, Deegan and Schuele), or change of control agreement, which are further discussed in this Proxy Statement under the captions “Severance Policy” and “Change of Control.”
 
(2) The restricted stock values were determined using the number of shares that will immediately vest upon termination per the applicable agreement multiplied by Altra’s stock price at December 31, 2010.
 
(3) Messrs. Ferris and Schuele will be entitled to receive certain annual pension payments upon reaching the normal retirement age of 65 or a reduced benefit if earlier than normal retirement age, as further described in this Proxy Statement under the caption “Retirement.”


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REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
 
The Audit Committee reviews Altra’s financial reporting process on behalf of the Board of Directors and reports to the Board on audit, financial and related matters. Altra’s management has the primary responsibility for the financial statements and the reporting process, including the system of internal controls. Deloitte & Touche LLP (the independent external auditor for fiscal year ended December 31, 2010) was responsible for performing an independent audit of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing principles and to issue a report thereon. The Audit Committee oversees these processes.
 
In this context, the Audit Committee has met and held discussions with Altra’s management and the independent auditor. Management has represented to the Audit Committee that the Company’s consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and the Audit Committee reviewed and discussed the consolidated financial statements with management and the independent auditor. The Audit Committee also discussed with the independent auditor the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No.  114 The Auditor’s Communication with Those Charged with Governance.
 
In addition, the Audit Committee discussed with the independent auditor such auditor’s independence from the Company and its management, and the independent auditor provided to the Audit Committee the written disclosures and communications required by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding the independent auditor’s communication with the Audit Committee concerning independence.
 
The Audit Committee discussed with the Company’s internal audit staff and independent auditor the overall scope and plans for their respective audits. The Audit Committee met with the internal audit staff and the independent auditor, with and without management present, to discuss the results of their examinations, their evaluations of Altra’s internal controls, and the overall quality of Altra’s financial reporting.
 
Based on the reviews and discussions with management and the independent auditor referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors has approved, that the audited financial statements be included in Altra’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and filed with the SEC.
 
AUDIT COMMITTEE
 
James H. Woodward Jr. (Chairman) (1)
Edmund M. Carpenter
Lyle G. Ganske
 
 
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PROPOSAL 2. RATIFICATION OF SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT
REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
Deloitte & Touche LLP (“D&T”) has been selected by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to audit the accounts of Altra and its subsidiaries for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011. D&T served as our independent auditor for fiscal years 2010 and 2009. Ernst & Young LLP (“E&Y”) served as our independent auditor for fiscal year 2008. At the Annual Meeting, the stockholders are being asked to ratify the appointment of D&T as Altra’s independent auditor for fiscal year 2011. If ratification is withheld, the Audit Committee will reconsider its selection. A representative of D&T will attend our Annual Meeting to respond to appropriate questions and will have the opportunity to make a statement if the representative desires to do so.
 
On March 18, 2009, the Audit Committee dismissed E&Y as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm effective as of March 20, 2009. On March 18, 2009, the Audit Committee appointed D&T as the Company’s new independent registered public accounting firm. The actions of the Audit Committee were ratified by the Board of Directors of the Companies on March 18, 2009.
 
The reports of E&Y on the Company’s consolidated financial statements for its fiscal years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principle.
 
During the Company’s fiscal years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007 and through March 18, 2009, (i) there were no disagreements with E&Y on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedure, which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of E&Y, would have caused E&Y to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreement in connection with its reports for such years, and (ii) there were no “reportable events” as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
 
During the Company’s fiscal years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007 and through March 18, 2009, the date of the selection of D&T, neither the Company, nor any person on their behalf, consulted with D&T with respect to either (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, and no written report or oral advice was provided by D&T to the Company that D&T concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to the accounting, auditing, or financial reporting issue, or (ii) any matter that was the subject of either a disagreement as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K or a reportable event as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.
 
The Company provided E&Y with a copy of the disclosures it made in its Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on March 23, 2009 prior to the time such Form 8-K was filed with the SEC. E&Y furnished the Company with a letter addressed to the SEC stating E&Y agreed with the disclosures contained in the Current Report on Form 8-K. A copy of this letter was filed as Exhibit 16.1 to that Current Report on Form 8-K.


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Auditor Fees
 
The aggregate professional fees billed or to be billed by D&T for the audit of our annual financial statements for fiscal 2010 and 2009 and fees billed or to be billed for audit related services, tax services and all other services rendered by D&T for these periods are as follows (in thousands):
 
                 
    Deloitte & Touche LLP  
    2010     2009  
 
Audit Fees(1)
  $ 1,665     $ 1,421  
Audit Related Fees
    74       118  
Tax Fees(2)
    80       185  
All Other Fees(3)
    198        
                 
Total
  $ 2,017     $ 1,724  
 
 
(1) Audit Fees for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were for professional services provided for the audit of the Company’s consolidated financial statements, statutory audits, audit of internal controls, consents and assistance with review of documents filed with the SEC.
 
(2) Tax Fees for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were for services related to tax compliance, including the preparation of tax returns; and tax planning and tax advice, including assistance with acquisitions, mergers and foreign operations.
 
(3) Other Fees for the year ended December 31, 2010 were for services related to evaluation of and assistance with proposed acquisitions.
 
Pre-Approval of Audit and Non-Audit Services
 
Altra’s Audit Committee is responsible for appointing Altra’s independent auditor and approving the terms of the independent auditor’s services. The Audit Committee has established a policy for the pre-approval of all audit and permissible non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditor, as described below and must pre-approve any internal control related service, including any changes in the nature, scope or extent of such services.
 
Audit Services
 
Under the policy, the Audit Committee is to approve the engagement of Altra’s independent auditor each fiscal year and pre-approve each audit and audit-related services to be performed by such independent auditor, including, but not limited to, the audit of Altra’s financial statements and the provision of an attestation report on management’s evaluation of Altra’s internal controls over financial reporting. As noted above, the Audit Committee must specifically approve, in advance, any proposed change in the nature, scope or extent of any internal control related service.
 
Non-Audit Services
 
In accordance with the pre-approval policy, the Audit Committee must pre-approve non-audit services that may be performed by the independent auditor during the fiscal year. The Audit Committee will approve the provision of only those non-audit services deemed permissible under the federal securities laws and regulations. The Audit Committee may delegate to the Chair of the Audit Committee the authority to approve additional permissible non-audit services to be performed by the independent auditor, provided that the full Audit Committee shall be informed of such approval at its next scheduled meeting.
 
All services performed by D&T in fiscal 2010 were pre-approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to the foregoing pre-approval policy.
 
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PROPOSAL 3. NON-BINDING ADVISORY VOTE ON THE COMPENSATION OF
THE COMPANY’S NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS (“SAY ON PAY”)
 
Background of the Proposal
 
The Dodd-Frank Act requires all public companies, beginning with their stockholder meetings on or after January 21, 2011, to hold a separate non-binding advisory stockholder vote to approve the compensation of executive officers as described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the executive compensation tables and any related information in each such company’s proxy statement (commonly known as a “Say on Pay” proposal). Pursuant to Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, we are holding a separate non-binding advisory vote on Say on Pay at the Annual Meeting.
 
Say on Pay Proposal
 
As discussed in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement, our executive compensation program is primarily structured to compensate our executives at competitive levels, with the opportunity to earn above-median compensation for above-market performance as compared to our peer group. We compensate our executives through programs that emphasize performance-based incentive compensation in the form of annual cash payments and equity-based awards. We have structured annual cash and long-term non-cash compensation to motivate executives to achieve the business goals set by us and reward the executives for achieving such goals. This approach supports the Company’s pay-for-performance philosophy by providing a compensation package that is generally weighted toward variable, performance-based incentives, thus ensuring the highest degree of accountability at the senior levels of the organization. The Board of Directors believes that our compensation program for our executive officers is appropriately based upon our performance and the individual performance and level of responsibility of the executive officers. We urge you to read the “Executive Compensation” section of this proxy statement for details on the Company’s executive compensation programs.
 
The Say on Pay proposal is set forth in the following resolution:
 
“RESOLVED, that the compensation paid to Altra Holding’s, Inc.’s named executive officers, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables and narrative discussion is hereby APPROVED.”
 
Because your vote on this proposal is advisory, it will not be binding on the Board of Directors, the Compensation Committee or the Company. However, the Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation arrangements.
 
The Board of Directors recommends that the stockholders vote FOR Proposal 3.
 
PROPOSAL 4 NON-BINDING ADVISORY VOTE ON THE FREQUENCY OF
THE ADVISORY VOTE ON SAY ON PAY IN FUTURE YEARS (“SAY ON FREQUENCY”)
 
Background of the Proposal
 
The Dodd-Frank Act also requires all public companies, beginning with their stockholder meetings on or after January 21, 2011, to hold a separate non-binding advisory stockholder vote with respect to the frequency of the vote on the Say on Pay proposal thereafter. Companies must give stockholders the choice of whether to cast an advisory vote on the Say on Pay proposal every year, every two years, or every three years (commonly known as “Say on Frequency”). Stockholders may also abstain from making a choice. After such initial votes are held, the Dodd-Frank Act requires all public companies to submit to their stockholders no less often than every six years thereafter the Say on Frequency proposal. Pursuant to Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, we are holding a separate non-binding advisory vote on the frequency of Say on Pay in future years at the Annual Meeting.


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Say on Frequency Proposal
 
The Board of Directors believes that say-on-pay votes should be conducted every year so that stockholders may annually express their views on the Company’s executive compensation program.
 
Although the Board of Directors recommends that the Say on Pay proposal be voted on every year, our stockholders will be able to specify one of four choices for the frequency of the vote on the Say on Pay proposal as follows: (i) one year, (ii) two years, (iii) three years, or (iv) abstain. This is an advisory vote and will not be binding on the Board of Directors or the Company, and the Board of Directors may determine that it is in the best interests of our stockholders and the Company to hold an advisory vote on executive compensation more or less frequently than may be indicated by this advisory vote of our stockholders. Nevertheless, the Compensation Committee will take into account the outcome this advisory vote when considering how frequently to seek an advisory vote on Say on Pay in future years.
 
The Board of Directors recommends that the stockholders vote FOR the selection of one year as the frequency with which stockholders are provided an advisory vote on Say on Pay.
 
STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 2012 ANNUAL MEETING
 
Requirements for Stockholder Proposals to Be Considered for Inclusion in Altra’s Proxy Materials
 
Any proposal or director nomination that a stockholder wishes to submit for inclusion in Altra’s proxy materials for the 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act must be received by Altra not later than November 29, 2011.
 
Requirements for Stockholder Proposals to Be Brought Before the Annual Meeting
 
Altra’s bylaws provide that any proposal or director nomination that a stockholder wishes to propose for consideration at an annual meeting, but does not seek to include in Altra’s Proxy Statement and related materials, must be received by the Company no later than the close of business on the 90th day nor earlier than the close of business on the 120th day prior to the first anniversary of the preceding year’s Annual Meeting. Absent specific circumstances set forth in our bylaws, to be considered at the 2012 Annual Meeting such proposal must be delivered to Altra no earlier than December 30, 2011 and no later than January 30, 2012. In addition, any stockholder proposal to Altra must set forth the information required by Altra’s bylaws with respect to each matter the stockholder proposes to bring before the annual meeting. The proxy solicited by the Board of Directors for the 2012 Annual Meeting will confer discretionary authority to vote on any proposal presented by a stockholder at the meeting that was not included in the proxy materials for such meeting.
 
Any stockholder proposals or notices submitted to Altra in connection with the 2012 Annual Meeting should be addressed to: Corporate Secretary, Altra Holdings, Inc., 300 Granite Street, Suite 201, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184.


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DIRECTIONS TO THE
SIMSBURY INN

The Simsbury Inn
397 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070 U.S.A.
Phone: (860) 651-5700
Fax: (860) 651-8024
 
TRAVELING NORTH ON I-91:
Take Exit 35B to Route 218 West (Cottage Grove Road) towards Bloomfield. Continue 4.5 miles and take a right on Route 185 West. Follow Route 185 down the hill, bear to the left, and at the end make a right on Route 10 North. The inn is 1/2 mile on the left across from Mitchell of Simsbury (car dealership).
 
TRAVELING SOUTH ON I-91:
Take Exit 40 (Route 20 West) and travel for 8 miles towards Granby. Turn left on Route 10 South. The inn is 8 miles on the right across from the Mobil gas station.
 
TRAVELING EAST ON I-84:
Take Exit 39 (on left) Farmington (Route 4 West), follow straight through the first traffic light, travel 1 mile and make a right on Route 10 North. Continue approximately 8 miles and take a left on Route 44 West. At the third traffic light turn right on Route 10 North again. The Inn is 3 miles on the left opposite Mitchell of Simsbury (car dealership).
 
TRAVELING WEST ON I-84:
Follow I-84 West to Exit 61 (I-291 Windsor). Take Exit 1 off I-291 and turn left on Route 218 West. Continue 4.5 miles and make a right on Route 185 West. Follow down hill, bear left and at the end turn right on Route 10 North. The inn is 1/2 mile on the left — opposite Mitchell of Simsbury (car dealership).
 
FROM BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Exit the airport on Route 20. Take the first exit to Route 20 West towards Granby. Follow approximately 6 miles and turn left on Route 10 South. The inn is 8 miles on the right across from the Mobil gas station.
 


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ALTRA HOLDINGS, INC.
300 Granite Street
Suite 201
Braintree, MA 02184
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vote FOR the following:
 
o
 
o
 
o
           
                       
1.
  Election of Directors                        
 
  Nominees                        
 
                           
01   Edmund M. Carpenter             02    Carl R. Christenson             03 Lyle G. Ganske          04 Michael L. Hurt             05 Michael S. Lipscomb            
06
  Larry McPherson                     07 James H. Woodward Jr.          
                     
The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR proposals 2 and 3.       For   Against   Abstain
 
                   
2.
  To ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as Altra Holdings, Inc.’s independent registered public accounting firm to serve for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011.      
o
 
o
 
o
 
                   
3
  Advisory vote on executive compensation.      
o
 
o
 
o
 
                   
 
                   
The Board of Directors recommends you vote 1 YEAR on the following proposal:   1 year   2 years   3 years   Abstain
 
                   
4
  Advisory vote on the frequency of the advisory vote on executive compensation.  
o
 
o
 
o
 
o
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ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS OF
ALTRA HOLDINGS, INC.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Please date, sign and mail your proxy card in the envelope provided as soon as possible.
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting: The Notice & Proxy Statement, Annual Report with 10-K is/are available at www.proxyvote.com .
     
 
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ALTRA HOLDINGS, INC.
This proxy is solicited by the Board of Directors
Annual Meeting of Stockholders
4/28/2011 9:00 AM
THIS PROXY, WHEN PROPERLY EXECUTED AND RETURNED IN A TIMELY MANNER, WILL BE VOTED AS YOU SPECIFY ON THE REVERSE SIDE. IF NO CHOICE IS SPECIFIED, THEN THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED IN FAVOR OF ELECTING THE SEVEN NOMINEES NOTED HEREON TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, IN FAVOR OF PROPOSALS 2 AND 3 AND “1 YEAR” ON PROPOSAL 4. IN THEIR DISCRETION, THE PROXIES APPOINTED HEREIN ARE AUTHORIZED TO VOTE UPON SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE MEETING OR ANY POSTPONEMENT OR ADJOURNMENT THEREOF.
By signing the proxy, you revoke all prior proxies, acknowledge receipt of the notice of the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held April 28, 2011 and the proxy statement, and appoint, Carl R. Christenson and Christian Storch, and each of them with full power of substitution, to vote all shares of Common Stock of Altra Holdings, Inc. you are entitled to vote, either on your behalf or on behalf of an entity or entities, at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Altra Holdings, Inc., to be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at Simsbury Inn, 397 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070, and at any adjournment or postponement thereof, with the same force and effect as if you were personally present thereat.
     
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(If you noted any Address Changes and/or Comments above, please mark corresponding box on the reverse side.)
Continued and to be signed on reverse side