Gear Industry News 2005

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Philadelphia Gear Hires Mark Cooke as Sales Manager
Philadelphia Gear Corp. hired Mark Cooke as regional sales manager for the Gulf Coast region. Among Cooke’s new responsibilities... (posted 2005-04-30)

Process Equipment Sold, President Retires
Larry Ewald announced his retirement after 27 years at Process Equipment Co. In 1978, he succeeded the company's founder, Emmert Stud... (posted 2005-04-24)

Gleason Acquires M&M Precision
Gleason Corp. acquired M&M Precison Systems Corp. of West Carrolton, OH, a manufacturer of process control systems for gears as well as a... (posted 2005-04-24)

United Gear Opens Office In Shanghai
United Gear & Assembly has opened an office in Shanghai, China. According to the company’s press release, UGA along with parent c... (posted 2005-04-22)

EMAG Buys Jos. Koepfer & Sohne GmbH
EMAG has acquired majority interest in Jos. Koepfer & Sohne GmbH. Present product lines and personnel will remain, according to the c... (posted 2005-04-21)

The Gear Works Opens Test and Assembly Center
The Gear Works-Seattle Inc. announced the opening of its new gearbox assembly and test center that has much increased the company’s ... (posted 2005-04-20)

Process Equipment Sold, President Retires
Larry Ewald announced his retirement after 27 years at Process Equipment Co. In 1978, he succeeded the company’s founder, Emmert Stu... (posted 2005-04-19)

Joint Venture for AFC Holcroft and ALD Vacuum
AlD Holcroft of Wixom, MI, and ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH of Hanau, Germany, have formed a joint venture called Joint Venture ALD Vacuu... (posted 2005-04-19)

Bison Gear Awarded $100,000 Grant
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Bison Gear and Engineering to determine the feasibility of a breakthrough... (posted 2005-04-19)

Samputensili and Shanghai Tool Works Join Forces
Antonio Maccaferri, president of Samputensili S.p.A. and Yang Jinchang, president of Shanghai Tool Works Co. Ltd. announced a joint ven... (posted 2005-04-16)

Mahr Federal Acquires Majority Interest in OKM of Jena, Germany
The Mahr Group has announced the acquisition of the majority interest of Optische Koordinatenmesstechnik GmbH (OKM) of Jena, Germany. ... (posted 2005-04-15)

Ritchie Moves to Star-SU
Mark Ritchie was hired as gear tool project engineer at Star-SU. Ritchie has held a similar position at Gleason Cutting Tools for the pas... (posted 2005-04-15)

Ikona Gear Receives Technology Innovation Award
Ikona Gear received the 2005 Technology Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan at the Excellence in Emerging Technologies Banquet. The... (posted 2005-04-15)

New Product Manager at Inductoheat
Mike Rugg was appointed product manager of the tube and pipe heating division at Inductoheat of Madison Heights, MI. According to the ... (posted 2005-04-14)

Gleason, Harbin Enter Joint Venture
Gleason Corp. announced today that it is in the process of forming a joint venture company with Harbin No. 1 Tool Corp. for the productio... (posted 2005-04-13)

Koepfer Named North American Distributor for Wenzel Gear-Tec
Koepfer America was selected as the exclusive North American distributor for the Gear-Tec products of Wenzel Precision GmbH. Wenzel Preci... (posted 2005-04-13)

Ikona Gear Appoints Nicola Simon to Board of Directors
Ikona Gear announced the appointment of Nicola Simon to its board of directors. Simon is currently the platform leader for Ballard Pow... (posted 2005-04-13)

Bonfiglioli Acquires Tecnoingranaggi
Bonfiglioli acquired Tecnoingranaggi, a Bologna-based supplier of planetary gear units. According to the company's press release, ... (posted 2005-04-13)

Bison Gear, Armature Electric Partner for Power Transmission Distribution
Bison Gear and Engineering announced the addition of Armature Electric Ltd. as the Bison power transmission distributor for western Canad... (posted 2005-04-13)

New North American Subsidiary for Atlanta GmbH
Atlanta GmbH in Bietingheim-Bissingen, Germany, announced the formation of its new North American subsidiary, Atlanta Drive Systems Inc.,... (posted 2005-04-13)

Philadelphia Gear Completes ISO-9001 for All Five Regional Service Centers
Philadelphia Gear Corp., a full-service provider of gearing and power transmission solutions, has completed ISO-9001 (2000 standard) cert... (posted 2005-04-13)

New GM at Philadelphia Gear
Boyd Swearingen was promoted to general manager for Philadelphia Gear’s Gulf Coast and Southeast region. According to the company... (posted 2005-04-13)

Gleason Celebrates 140-Year Anniversary
The Gleason Works will celebrates 140 years on July 15, 2005. James Gleason, chairman of the board, is hosting a special dedication ce... (posted 2005-04-13)

Philadelphia Gear Extends Standard Warranty
Philadelphia Gear Corp. has announced its "best-in-industry" standard warranty. The company's original standard warranty covered t... (posted 2005-04-12)

Cowley Hired as Sales Manager of Process Equipment
Bruce Cowley was hired as sales manager for the metrology systems division of Process Equipment Co. According to the company's p... (posted 2005-04-12)

New AGMA Officers
At the AGMA Annual meeting in March, the officers for 2005 were announced. Incomging officers are: Leslie Hennessy, Chairman Stan... (posted 2005-04-12)

Liebherr Opens Sales and Service Center in Dubai
Liebherr and service partner Frontline Cranes and Construction Machinery FZE, opened a customer service center for the contruction machin... (posted 2005-04-12)

Boston Gear Wins Website Award
Boston Gear, a division of Altra Industrial Motion, was named "Website of the Month" by, an online industrial porta... (posted 2005-04-11)

U.S. Group Purchases Roto-Flo Line and Gear Tooling Divisions
U.S. Group, has purchased the Roto-Flo spline and thread rolling machine product line and its rack and thread tool manufacturing division... (posted 2005-04-10)

Rexnord Buys Falk for $295 Million
Rexnord Corp. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase The Falk Corp. from Hamilton Sundstrand, a subs... (posted 2005-04-06)

Bourn & Koch, Star SU Consolidate Sales
Star SU and Bourn & Koch announced a mutual agreement for consolidation of the sales activities of each company’s machine tool produ... (posted 2005-04-05)

Lambert, Wahli Officially Merge Operations
The core competencies of Lambert Ltd. and Wahli Ltd. have merged to created Lambert-Wahli Ltd. The two companies have already been op... (posted 2005-04-04)

KPS Acquires Jernberg Industries and Related Entities
KPS announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Jernberg Industries Inc., Iron Mountain Industries LLC and related en... (posted 2005-04-03)

Inductoheat Expands After-Market Service
Inductoheat has expanded its aftermarket service department. According to the company’s press release, service is provided for ... (posted 2005-04-03)

Winco and Star Cutter Consolidate Sales
Michael E. Winbald, president of Winco Industries, Brad Lawton, president of Star Cutter Co. and David W. Goodfellow, president of Star S... (posted 2005-04-01)

Preco Division Opens in Ohio
Preco Laser Systems announced the opening of the Preco Laser Systems Automotive and Powertrain Group in Troy, OH. According to the com... (posted 2005-04-01)

Regal Beloit Announces Sale of Illinois Gear Open Gear Division
Regal Beloit Corp. announced today that the company has reached a definitive agreement for the sale of the Illinois Gear open gear divisi... (posted 2005-03-31)

Jos. Koepfer & Sohne GmbH Partners With EMAG
EMAG has acquired a majority interest of Jos. Koepfer & Sohne. The present product lines and personnel will remain, according to the c... (posted 2005-03-27)

Minnick Appointed as VP of Engineering at Inductoheat
Randy Minnick was named vice president of engineering at Inductoheat Inc. According to the company's press release, he has been in... (posted 2005-03-16)

Inductoheat Expands Coil Department
Inductoheat has expanded its inductor coil build and repair department and now operates a state-of-the-art machine shop in tandem with it... (posted 2005-03-16)

Ipsen Delivers Furnace to Hansen Balk Steel Treating
Hanson Balk Steel Treating of Grand Rapids, MI, has installed the new Abar Ipsen 15 bar Super Turbo horizontal vacuum HPGQ furnace. As... (posted 2005-03-16)

Methods Machine Tools Opens Detroit Branch
Methods Machine Tools recently opened a branch in Wixom, MI, to serve the automotive industry and its suppliers with new technologies and... (posted 2005-03-16)

mG miniGears Acquires New Furnace
mG miniGears acquired a high temperatures furnace that can perform at 1,300 degrees C sintering temperature. According to the company&... (posted 2005-03-09)

Broaching Machine Specialties Completes ISO Registration
Broaching Machine Specialties of Novi, MI, was awared a certificate of registration for ISO 9001:2000 conformance for the design, manufac... (posted 2005-03-02)

Alfe Heat Treating Hires General Manager
Alfe Heat Treat Corp. hired Jerry Brasiola as general manager of their Defiance, OH, division. Most recently, Brasiola was plant manag... (posted 2005-03-02)

George Stefan Appointed as Ikona COO
George Stefan was hired as COO at Ikona Gear International. He will report directly to President and CEO Laith Nosh. "We are pleased t... (posted 2005-02-28)

Boswell Acquires Majority Interest in SECO/Warwick
Jeffrey W. Boswell has acquired the majority interest in SECO/Warwick and has been named president and CEO. SECO/Warwick Ltd. Poland w... (posted 2005-02-27)

Hermann Stadtfeld Returns to Gleason as VP
Gleason Corp. has appointed Hermann J. Stadtfeld as vice president of bevel gear technology. According to the company’s press re... (posted 2005-02-26)

Thornycroft Acquires Newage Transmissions
Thornycraft Ltd., an automotive and off-highway equipment company, has acquired Newage Transmissions Ltd. Effective immediatly, Newage... (posted 2005-02-26)

Perrotti Promoted to CEO at Gleason
John J. Perrotti was promoted to president and CEO of Gleason Corp., replacing John W. Guffey who will remain as vice chairman. The mo... (posted 2005-02-25)

Rexnord Completes Acquisition of Falk Corp.
Rexnord Corp. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Falk Corp. from Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies... (posted 2005-02-24)

New President at Inductoheat
Frank C. Veno was promoted to president at the Alpha 1 Induction Service Center, an Inductotherm company. Veno was previously vice pre... (posted 2005-02-24)

Pridmore Hired at Star SU
Kit Pridmore has joined Star SU as a technical service engineer. He held that same position at Gleason for the past eight years and for n... (posted 2005-02-22)

Ruffin to Manage Southeast Sales for Star SU
Rick Ruffin was hired by Star SU as regional sales manager. According to the company’s press release, Ruffin has held sales posi... (posted 2005-02-22)

New Cutting Tool Sales Manager at Star SU
Mark W. Raby has been hired by Star SU to manage cutting tool sales for southeastern and south central Michigan. Raby has worked in a... (posted 2005-02-22)

Mattingly Hired as Tool Service Manager at Star SU
Rick Mattingly has joined Star Star SU as manager of tool services. He held a similar position at Gleason Cutting Tools in Rockford, IL. ... (posted 2005-02-22)

Recent Developments at Ikona Gear
Ikona Gear has entered into a developmental agreement with StarRotor Corp. to provide patented Ikona technology for the third generation ... (posted 2005-02-21)

Hansen Transmission Opens Chinese facility
Hansen Transmissions has opened a facility in Shanghai, China, for the representation of its line of gear units, turbines and industrial ... (posted 2005-02-18)

Holroyd Expands Production Department
Holroyd has expanded its technical support team and introduced a new product structure to help customers. According to the company'... (posted 2005-02-18)

VFS Sells Furnace to Bio-Vac
Vacuum Furnace Corp. sold a vacuum furnace to Bio-Vac Corp. for their Southfield, MI orthopedic coatings plant. The new horizontal two-ba... (posted 2005-02-17)

Heatbath Acquires Chemtech Finishing
Heatbath Corp.of Springfield, MA, has acquired the assets of Chemtech Finishing Systems. According to a letter from Chemtech's pres... (posted 2005-02-17)

Ipsen Ships Furnace Line to Taiwan
The IpsenI/O 3000 internal quench batch furnace line has been sold and shipped to the Shenli heat treating facility in Taiwan to heat tre... (posted 2005-02-17)

REM Chemicals and Rosler GmbH Partner in Metal Finishing
REM Chemicals Inc.and Rosler GmbH developed a 20-year global marketing partnership for chemically-accelerated mass finishing processes, m... (posted 2005-02-13)

New Sales Manager at Inductoheat
Michael Doerr was hired as regional sales manager for the Southeast region at Inductoheat. Doerr heads up the sales operation at Indu... (posted 2005-02-11)

Bates Technologies Acquires Micromatic Textron Line
Bates Technologies acquired the honing tool and abrasive product line of Micromatic Textron. Included in the acquisition is the Micro... (posted 2005-02-10)

Toyota Expands West Virginia Plant
Toyota has announced a $120 millon expansion plan for their West Virginia facility. Beginning in 2007, Toyota Manufacturing will produ... (posted 2005-02-09)

REM Chemical and R?sler GmbH Sign Partnership Agreement
REM Chemicals Inc. and R?sler GmbH announced a global marketing partnership for chemically accelerated mass finishing processes, mass fin... (posted 2005-02-09)

Paulo Products Accredited to ISO/TS 16949:2002
The Murfreesboro, TN, facility of Paulo Products Co. passed the upgrade audit for accreditation to ISO/TS 16949:2002. The standard req... (posted 2005-02-09)

Sigma Pool Merges All Grinding Activities
Sigma Pool partners have merged all activities in the field of cylindrical gear grinding under the roof of Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH i... (posted 2005-02-07)

Rush Gear Announces Reverse Engineering Capability
Rush Gears Inc., of Fort Washington, PA, announced their capability to reverse engineer both drawings and sample parts. According to ... (posted 2005-02-06)

St. Denis Promoted at HD Systems
Brian St. Denis was promoted to vice president of HD Systems from his previous position as engineering manager. According to the ... (posted 2005-02-03)

Brown Named Division President at Inductoheat
Douglas R. Brown was promoted to president of the forging division at Inductoheat of Madison Heights, MI. According to the company'... (posted 2005-02-03)

Surface Combustion and Air Products Announce Joint Marketing Strategy
Surface Combusion and Air Products & Chemicals have entered into an agreement in which both companies will jointly market their product l... (posted 2005-02-03)

SECO/WARWICK Installs Furnace for Bodycote
SECO/WARWICK delivered a vacuum furnace with convection heating and a 10-bar gas quenching system to the Bodycote Heat Treatment Centre a... (posted 2005-02-03)

Alpha Gear, Wittenstein Join Forces
alpha gear drives Inc. joined forces with U.S. Wittenstein Group and has relocated to a new 27,000- square-foot headquarters facility in ... (posted 2005-02-03)

Gleason Announces Senior Management Changes
John W. Guffey, Jr. has taken over as CEO of Gleason Corp., as David Burns resigned earlier this month. Guffey, a longtime board membe... (posted 2005-02-02)

New General Manager at Wall Colmonoy
Donald C. Hainley has been named general manager of Wall Colmonoy Corp.’s Dayton business unit. According to the company’s p... (posted 2005-02-02)

Marposs President Receives Prestigious Marketing Award
Stefano Possati, president of Marposs S.p.A., received the News Digest Marketing Award for 2004. The award was presented to Possati by... (posted 2005-01-31)

Alfe Heat Treating Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Alfe Heat Treating of Fort Wayne, IN, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The company currently has nine facilities throughout t... (posted 2005-01-31)

Estudio Pina Certified to ISO 9001: 2000
Estudio Pina has received its ISO 9001:2000 certification for the scope of technical assistance services in mechanical gear drives and me... (posted 2005-01-31)

New Management at Twin Disc
Twin Disc Inc. has announced numerous changes in senior management. Jim Feiertag is the new executive vice president with responsibil... (posted 2005-01-28)

Dianamic Abrasives Named Sole Reishauer Distributor
Dianamic Abrasive Products Inc. was named exclusive aftermarket distributors for Reishauer AG’s diamond and CBN dressing tools and w... (posted 2005-01-13)

New Group Presidents at Regal-Beloit
Mark J. Gliebe was named as president of the electric motors group at Regal-Beloit and David Eisenreich was named president of the mechan... (posted 2005-01-12)

Two New Vice Presidents at Gleason
John Terranova was appointed vice president of American sales for Gleason Corp. Terranova is responsible for the sales and marketing acti... (posted 2005-01-07)

Rush Gears Publishes New Gear Design Guide
Rush Gears published a complete design guide that identifies 120,000 pre-engineered English and Western metric gears, gear formulas, hors... (posted 2005-01-07)

Ikona and Magna Advanced Technologies Partner for Gear Tooth Profile
Ikona Gear International and Magna Advanced Technologies have jointly introduced a patented gear technology that utilizes a newly designe... (posted 2005-01-06)

Magna Donates $100,000 to Tsunami Relief
Magna International will provide $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for victimsof the earthquake and tsunami disaster in South Asia. ... (posted 2005-01-05)

Philadelphia Gear Completes ISO-9001 Certification
The Lynwood, CA facility of Philadelphia Gear Corp. has completed ISO-9001 (2000 standard) for quality management system standards. Ac... (posted 2005-01-05)

New Director of Manufacturing at Ikona Gear
George Stefan was hired by Ikona Gear as director of manufacturing, a newly created position. According to the company’s press... (posted 2005-01-05)

Matlab Increases Heat Treating Capaciy for Gears
Metlab has completed the upgrade of one of its large pit carburizing furnaces, which doubles its capabilities for carburizng, nitriding, ... (posted 2005-01-04)