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SECO/Warwick Provides Furnace for Precision Manufacturing Institute
SECO/Warwick provided Meadville, PA-based Precision Manufacturing Institute with a Universal HPQ furnace for carburizing in a new state-o... (posted 2006-05-01)


GTI Spindle Launches Fourth Repair Facility at Caterpillar Plant
GTI Spindle Technology launched a state-of-the-art spindle repair facility onsite at Caterpillar Fuel Systems in Pontiac, IL. Accordi... (posted 2006-04-30)


Lufkin Industries Announces Promotion of Larry Hoes to Executive VP and COO
Lufkin Industries promoted Larry M. Hoes to executive vice president and COO. Hoes has been an executive officer since 1996. In his n... (posted 2006-04-30)


AGMA Seeks New Executive
AGMA's current vice president, technical division is retiring at the end of 2006 and the association is currently accepting applicati... (posted 2006-04-29)


Ikona Exec Featured in Online Broadcast
Ikona Gear's CEO, Ray Polman, was featured live on Market News First on September 5. According to the company's press release,... (posted 2006-04-27)


Northstar Aerospace and Rolls Royce Sign Long Term Agreement
Northstar Aeropsace was awarded a seven-year contract by Rolls-Royce Corp. to provide machining for gearboxes and related parts used in c... (posted 2006-04-27)


Mazda Hofu Plant Produces 25 Millionth Transmission
Mazda Motor Corp. announced that cumulative production of vehicle transmissions in the Nakanoseki district of its Hofu plant in Yamaguch ... (posted 2006-04-27)


Mahr Federal Introduces Universal Optical Measuring System
The Helio-Scope from Mahr is a universal optical measuring system designed to facilitate precision control of complex turned parts. Wi... (posted 2006-04-27)


Ikona Develops CVT Clutch and Differential
Ikona Gear developed a frictionless continuously cariable transmission (CVT) clutch for use in the automotive industry. In addition,the c... (posted 2006-04-27)


New CEO at Hansen Transmissions
Ivan Brems has been named CEO of Hansen Transmissions International NV. Since joining the Belgium-based company in 1993, Brems has hel... (posted 2006-04-26)


Cage Gear & Machine Announces New Operations Manager
Kenneth D. Meidlinger has been named operations manager for Canton, OH-based Cage Gear & Machine, LLC. A Northeast Ohio native, Meidling... (posted 2006-04-26)


EMCO Gears On Track with Expansion
EMCO Gear Co. has opened a second plant facility, located in Mooresville, NC and right in the heart of Grand American Road Racing country... (posted 2006-04-26)


Groschopp Inc. Expands Iowa Facility
Groschopp, Inc. announced recently a 10% expansion of its Sioux Center, IA manufacturing plant. The company attributed the growth to i... (posted 2006-04-26)


LMT-Fette Opens Illinois Hob Facility
LMT-Fette established a new precision manufacturing facility in Libertyville, IL. The first phase of the new plant will handle product... (posted 2006-04-23)


Former Philadelphia Gear Executive Dies of Pneumonia
Richard "Dick" Borelly died of CMV pneumonia on August 23. Borelly, 65, was senior principal engineer at Rockwell Automation-Dodge Ge... (posted 2006-04-22)


Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 24.4 Percent in 2006
The latest figures available from the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and the Association for Manufacturi... (posted 2006-04-22)


REpower Systems and Essar Group To Partner in Indian Wind Energy Market
RREpower Systems has entered into a licensed agreement with India's Essar Group to facilitate entry into that country's growin... (posted 2006-04-22)


It?s Back to School at Schafer Gear Works
Schafer Gear Works in South Bend, IN, is rewarding its employees with a financial incentive to participate in online gear-training course... (posted 2006-04-22)


The Broachman Joins American Broach & Machine
Ken Nemec, a.k.a. "The Broachman", was hired by American Broach & Machine as marketing manager. According to the company's press r... (posted 2006-04-20)


Wheelabrator Honors 40-Year Employees
Wheelabrator Group recognized three employees from the LaGrange facility for 40 years of service to the company. Gary Weil, director... (posted 2006-04-20)


Great Taiwan Gear Develops Prototypes for Three Gearing Projects
Great Taiwan Gear commenced three projects that are expected to generate a $3 million yearly increase in the company’s revenue. A... (posted 2006-04-19)


Ikona Launches Six New Gearing Products for Oil and Gas Exploration
Ikona Industries launched six new gearing products for the oil and gas industry at The Global Petroleum Show in June. ?Our oil and ga... (posted 2006-04-19)


Hephaestus Holdings Acquires Impact Forge and Omni Forge
Hephaestus Holdings Inc. acquired the assets and business of Impact Forge Inc., Impact Precision Forge Inc., Omni Forge Inc. and related ... (posted 2006-04-19)


Star SU Publishes New Cutting Tools Catalog
Star SU will distribute its new hardbound, 122-page General Cutting Tools and Services catalog at its booth at IMTS. The book contains... (posted 2006-04-18)


American Axle & Manufacturing Hires New Manager
Daniel Carleton was hired as manager of global gear program for American Axle & Manufacturing. Carleton has been involved with the ge... (posted 2006-04-18)


Wall Colmonoy Appoints Business Development Manager
Morris Warino was appointed business development manager for Wall Colmonoy Corp. of Oklahoma City, OK. According to the company’s... (posted 2006-04-17)


Metal Powder Products Captures Design Excellence Award
The 2006 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition announced winners for outstanding new automobile engine and transmission ... (posted 2006-04-17)


Mixing Solutions Names New Managing Director
John Brace was appointed managing director at Mixing Solutions. He will be responsible for its worldwide process agitation business in th... (posted 2006-04-17)


Dana Corp. Acquires Core Operations in Mexico
Dana Corp. announced that it and Desc S.A. de C.V. dissolved their Mexican joint venture, Spicer S.A. de C.V. The closing of the transact... (posted 2006-04-16)


Engineered Tools Opens Gear Cutting Systems Division
Engineered Tools Corp. of Caro, MI, has introduced its new gear cutting system division. Cutter body repair will take place at ETC... (posted 2006-04-15)


Personnel Changes Announced at Solar Atmospheres

Solar Atmospheres announced a number of personnel changes and promotions within the organization.

Don Jordan accepted a new pos... (posted 2006-04-15)


GM, BMW and DaimlerChrysler Announce $1 Billion Hybrid Transmission Development Program
A research alliance consisting of GM, BMW and DaimlerChrysler plans to invest more than $1 billion to develop a new hybrid transmission t... (posted 2006-04-15)


Bonfiglioli Plans Unveiling of New Headquarters in February 2007
Bonfiglioli Riduttori is building a new headquarters in Hebron, KY, and plans to open in February 2007. The new building will cover 83... (posted 2006-04-15)


Paulo Products Purchases Bodycote Business
Paulo Products Co. purchased the metal treating and brazing business of Bodycote Thermal Processing of St. Louis, MO. According to the... (posted 2006-04-15)


Philadelphia Gear Named One of Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work
Philadelphia Gear Corp. will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 28 as one of the state's best places to work. According to the ... (posted 2006-04-15)


Seco/Warwick Installs HPQ in Brazil
Universal HPQ and Retort Tempering Furnace Isoflama Ltda. has installed a 12 Bar Universal? High Pressure Quench Furnace with low p... (posted 2006-04-14)


AGMA Welcomes Five New Members
The American Gear Manufacturers Association announced in its quarterly publication that five new companies recently joined the ranks as m... (posted 2006-04-14)


Fairfield Receives $9 Million Contract
Fairfield Manufacturing, a division of the Saurer AG Group, received a $9 million contract to provide jacking drive gearbox assemblies t... (posted 2006-04-14)


Renold Discusses Sale of Machine Tool Business
The Board of Renold plc announced that the company is in advanced negotiations with Venture Private Equity regarding the acquisition by ... (posted 2006-04-14)


ANCA Pty. Invests $4 Million in Australia and Opens Thai Manufacturing Facility
ANCA Pty. will invest $4 million in Australia and officially opened its first overseas manufacturing facility, located in the Rayong pro... (posted 2006-04-14)


Northstar Aerospace Reports Increased Revenue
Northstar Aerospace reported revenue totaling $36.8 million for the three months ending June 30, 2006, an increase of $3.6 million when c... (posted 2006-04-14)


Toyota Raises Transmission Production Capacity in Poland
Toyota Motor Corp. announced that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland Sp.zo.o, a producer of transmissions and engines, will increase its ... (posted 2006-04-14)


Getrag to Sell Synchron Business Unit to Hoerbiger
The Getrag Group plans to sell Getrag Synchron Technik GmbH to Hoerbiger Drive Technology on Oct. 1. After the contractual arrangement... (posted 2006-04-14)


American Axle Announces Executive Appointments
American Axle announced several executive appointments. John J. Bellanti was appointed vice president of manufacturing planning, capit... (posted 2006-04-14)


Philadelphia Gear Appoints New Turnkey Project Manager
Philadelphia Gear Corp. appointed Charles L. Zirkle as the on-site technical services project manager. According to the company’... (posted 2006-04-14)


Ikona Receives Order from Schlumberger
Ikona Gear International received an order from Schlumberger Ltd. to provide two customized prototype gearboxes for use in an oil and gas... (posted 2006-04-14)


Fiat and Tata Announce Joint Venture in India
Italian carmaker Fiat Group and India's Tata Motors announced they've signed an agreement for a joint venture in India to make pa... (posted 2006-04-14)


New Rep Joins Clifford-Jacobs
Bob Jardine has established Jardine & Associates LLC, a manufacturer's representative sales agency, and will be representing Clifford... (posted 2006-04-14)


Vail Resorts Buys Wind Power to Offset its Electric Power
Vail Resorts announced plans to buy enough wind power credits to offset the power needed for its resorts, retail stores and office buildi... (posted 2006-04-14)


Chimera Expands Mold Production Capacity
Chimera Co., a precision mold parts designer and manufacturer in Tokyo, Japan, plans to expand its finished mold product plants. Accor... (posted 2006-04-14)


Philadelphia Gear Offers 24/7 On-Site Technical Service
Philadelphia Gear announces its new Onsite Technical Services (OTS) group, available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. As a... (posted 2006-04-13)


ABA-PGT Adds R&D Department
ABA-PGT, Inc., a customer injection molder and mold maker of precision plastic gearing, announces the formation of a Research & Developme... (posted 2006-04-13)


Tool Maker Expands to Meet Automotive Demand
Engineered Tools Corp., a manufacturer of carbide cutting tools used in production of spiral bevel ring gears and pinions, announced the ... (posted 2006-04-13)


AGMA Foundation Revamps Fundraising Efforts
Starting last year, the AGMA’s Foundation Committee redefined its mission. Kyle Seymour, president and CEO of Xtek Inc., is commi... (posted 2006-04-13)


Eicher Motors Acquires BMC’s Dewas Gear Unit
Eicheer Engineering Components, the automotive component division of Eicher Motors Ltd. acquired Dewas-based (Madhya Pradesh) transmissio... (posted 2006-04-13)


Star SU Acquires Marketing and Manufacturing Rights for Bencere Products
Winco Industries has acquired the marketing and manufacturing rights to a patented series of padded adjustable reamers and fine boring to... (posted 2006-04-12)


Romax Expands in Europe and Asia
Romax Technology Ltd. opened new facilities in Germany and India to extend its reach in supplying software tools and services for transmi... (posted 2006-04-12)


Ikona Exec Featured in Online Broadcast
Ikona Gear's CEO Ray Polman was featured live on Market News First on September 5. Market News First is an online market news prov... (posted 2006-04-12)


Bourn & Koch Expands
Bourn & Koch completed the addition of a new 20,000 square foot warehouse and a new 20,000 square foot two story engineering office build... (posted 2006-04-11)


Kapp Hires Vice President of Sales
Kapp Technologies hired Bill Miller as vice president of sales for North American operations, effective September 1. Miller has been i... (posted 2006-04-11)


Gear Motions’ Sam Haines Honored on Manufacturing Association’s Wall of Fame
Samuel Haines, president of Gear Motions, was named to the Manufacturers’ Association of Central New York Hall of Fame at the organi... (posted 2006-04-11)


Getrag Group and Getrag Ford Transmissions Combine Under Single Brand
Fourteen individual companies in the Getrag Group and Getrag Ford Transmissions, all specializing in transmission systems, drivetrain com... (posted 2006-04-06)


ISO Releases New Gear Standards
ISO's Technical Committee on Gears, comprised of a multi-national delegation, published several new standards, including: ISO 6336... (posted 2006-04-05)


Bill Bradley Awarded AGMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award
The AGMA Board of Directors awarded Bill Bradley, AGMA’s Vice President for the Technical Division with the Lifetime Achievement Awa... (posted 2006-04-03)


QuEST Expands Into Aerospace Manufacturing
QuEST, a Bangladore-based provider of engineering services, today announced the expansion into aerospace manufacturing through a fully ow... (posted 2006-04-03)


Magna Powertrain and Amtek Establish Joint Venture in India
Magna Powertrain and Amtek Auto Ltd. today signed a joint venture agreement to establish a manufacturing facility outside of Delhi, India... (posted 2006-04-03)


American Axle Adds to Aftermarket Product Portfolio
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings announced the expansion of its aftermarket product portfolio at the 2006 Automotive Aftermarket Pr... (posted 2006-04-02)


Management Shift at ABA-PGT
Numerous staff changes have been reported at ABA-PGT. According to the company’s press release, Sam Pierson stepped down and pres... (posted 2006-04-01)


Ikona Gear Moves Into Commercial Phase Across Multiple Product Lines
Ikona Gear International is moving numerous projects from the design and prototype stages into commercialization. Laith Nosh, presiden... (posted 2006-03-29)


Balzers Acquires Gold Star Coatings
Balzers Inc. announced a cooperaion agreement to take over the PVD coating operations of Gold Star Coatings, a subsidiary of the industri... (posted 2006-03-20)


UTS Updates Integrated Gear Software Line
Universal Technical Systems released new upgrades to their integrated gear software product line. A range analysis tool offers "what-i... (posted 2006-03-14)


Wall Colmonoy Promotes John Sturch
The board of directors at Wall Colmonoy Corp. elected John Sturch to the position of vice president. Sturch has worked at Wall Colmonoy f... (posted 2006-03-10)


Kleiss Gears Accredited to ISO 9001
Kleiss Gears announced its recent accreditation to ISO 9001. According to Rod Kleiss, company president, the certification was necessa... (posted 2006-03-10)


Ikona Gear Launches Oil and Gas Division, Signs Licensing Agreements
Ikona Gear launched Ikona Industries Corp. to focus on developing, manufacturing and shipping novel gearing applications for the oil and ... (posted 2006-03-09)


Mid-Europa Partners Acquires Wheelabrator Group
Mid-Europa Partners (MEP), through its Emerging Europe Convergence Fund II LP, has completed the acquisition of all outstanding Wheelabra... (posted 2006-03-09)


Rotork Acquires Italian Valve Gearbox Manufacturer
Rotork Controls Ltd. acquired the business and assets of Omag Snc, a gearbox manufacturer based in Milan, Italy. According to Rotork&#... (posted 2006-03-09)


TSA America Relocates, Appoints New Sales Manager
Janice Thomas was appointed sales manager for the gear cutting tools product line of TSA America. According to the company's pres... (posted 2006-03-09)


United Gear Buys Tooth Grinder
United Gear & Asssembly installed a new Kapp KX 300P grinder. The machine is designed for grinding external spur and helical gears. Si... (posted 2006-02-22)


Shanthi Gears Opens Office in Germany
To better serve the European market, Shanthi Gears opened an office near D?sseldorf, Germay. Mr. Milroy Bede Nicholas will serve as li... (posted 2006-02-14)


Machine Tool Consumption Jumps 8.4 Percent in 2005
The Association for Manufacturing Technology reported that U.S. machine tool consumption totaled $311.03 million last year. According ... (posted 2006-02-14)


Preco Opens Contract Manufacturing Facility in China
Preco Inc. opened a contract manufacturing facility located in Tianjin, China. ?The establishment of contract manufacturing services i... (posted 2006-02-14)


New Sales Rep Joins Clifford-Jacobs
Keith Vidourek joined the sales team at Clifford Jacobs. According to the company's press release, Vidourek and his company, Weber... (posted 2006-02-13)


Induction Heating Companies Combine Sales Efforts
Inductoheat Inc., Radyne Corp., Newelco and HIS combined their sales efforts to serve induction heating and forging customers. Accord... (posted 2006-02-07)


Marposs Wins Global Supplier Award
Marposs S.p.A. of Bentivoglio, Italy received the 2005 Global Supplier Award for Manufacturing Goods and Services from DaimlerChrysler AG... (posted 2006-02-07)


KISSsoft AG Moves to New Facility
KISSsoft AG has moved their facilities to a new location. New contact information is: Main office number +41-55-254-20-30 Hotline:... (posted 2006-01-27)


Charles Fischer Promoted at AGMA

The American G... (posted 2006-01-20)


Tom Lang Retires from Kapp Technologies

Thomas J. Lang, vice president and general manager of Kapp Technologies, announced plans to leave the company at the end of the y... (posted 2006-01-19)


GKS Inspection Systems Expands In-House Measurement Capabilities

GKS Inspection Services, Inc., a division of Laser Design, Inc., has expanded its Detroit-area dimensional inspec... (posted 2006-01-18)


Solar Atmospheres Offers Full Production Vacuum Carburizing Services

Solar Atmospheres’ new Low Torr Vacuum Carburizing furnace and services are now operating at Solar’s Eastern Pennsylvania ... (posted 2006-01-15)


Ikona Gear Technology Licensed for First Automotive Application
Ikona Gear announced its patented gearing system has been licensed for its first automotive application, an electric par... (posted 2006-01-15)


New President Announced at Optical Gaging Products

Quality Vision International, Inc. (QVI®) announces that R. Stephen Flynn is assuming the role of president of Optical Gaging Prod... (posted 2006-01-15)


Eicher Motors Acquires BMC Dewas? Gear Unit

Eicher Engineering Components, the automotive component division of Eicher Motors Ltd. acquired the Dewas, India-based (Madhya Pradesh... (posted 2006-01-15)


ExxonMobil’s New Industrial Gear Oils Surpasses Demanding Industry Specifications
ExxonMobil’s new Mobilgear 600XP Series of premium industrial gear oils has been announced worldwide. Its balanced formulation a... (posted 2006-01-14)


AMT Reports Manufacturing Technology Consumption on Best Pace Since 2000
September U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $407.21 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors&#... (posted 2006-01-14)


AMT Reports Manufacturing Technology Consumption on Best Pace Since 2000

September U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $407.21 million, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors' ... (posted 2006-01-14)


American Wera Establishes New Program
American Wera has initiated a new service with its German-based parent company, WERA Works Wuppertal, to support customers in setting up ... (posted 2006-01-10)


Applied Process Hires New Plant Manager
Steve Sumner was appointed plant manager at Applied Process of Livonia, MI. Sumner is a metallurgical engineer with 18 years of exper... (posted 2006-01-10)


Mitsubishi Gear Technology Adds Holroyd Machine
Mitsubishi Gear Technology Center has added the Holroyd GTG2 precision helical grinding machine to its portfolio. Ian Shearing, vice p... (posted 2006-01-10)


Fiberfil Acquires Business Unit of DSM Plastics
Fiberfil Engineered Plastics acquired the North American custom compounding unit of DSM Engineering Plastics, effective Dec. 7. Fiber... (posted 2006-01-10)


Inductoheat Hires New Sales Manager
Gerald Wills was hired as Inductoheat's district sales manager for Ohio and western Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virgini... (posted 2006-01-10)


Kinefac Introduces Forced Thru-Feed Spline Rolling to China
Kinefac Corp. is introducing its cylindrical die spline rolling process to markets in China, India and other countries in the Far East. ... (posted 2006-01-10)