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Delta/Tifco Purchases Former Newspaper Facility

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November 10, 2009—Delta Gear is setting up shop in the former Observer Newspapers facility in Livonia, MI. The 61,000 square-foot facility will be torn down and a 75,000 square-foot leading edge, state-of-of-the-art gear facility will take its place.

Three different companies will be housed at the facility. Delta Gear, the parent company of Tifco Gage and Gear will now handle the Aerospace Gear Operations. Tifco Gage and Gear will remain and continue producing master gears and gages. Delta Testing and Inspection (DTI) will be a 17025 certified and NADCAP certified inspection facility for gear inspection, natal etch, magnetic particle inspection, hydrogen embrittlement x-ray and fluorescent penetrant inspection. Gear roll testing, single flank roll testing and full service transmission dynamometer testing will be provided.

"This is the next step in our plan to becoming the leading aerospace and gear and gearbox provider in the industry," says Bob Sakuta, owner of Delta Gear.

Construction is slated to begin in April 2010 with planned completion and move-in anticipated for November 2010. The property was deemed a "functionally obsolete" brownfield site by the city earlier this year.