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Resistance-Welding Equipment Techs Take to the Air

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
T. J. Snow Co., Chattanooga, TN, has added a second small airplane to its transportation fleet, to facilitate fast response time for in-plant service calls on resistance-welding equipment. The firm, a supplier of welding equipment and services to Tier 1 and 2 automotive-parts suppliers and other metal fabricators, has five pilots on staff. Its two planes are used to fly service technicians to customer sites throughout the eastern two-thirds of the United States. More at

Denso Hopes to Invest Big in Michigan

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Denso International America Inc., Southfield, MI, announced plans to invest $750 million in the United States and create more than 1200 jobs, including more than 400 jobs in Michigan. The Tier 1 automotive supplier’s planned $150 million investment in Michigan depends on the approval of state and local tax incentives, according to Terry Helgesen, the firm’s senior vice president of industry relations. The local investment would result in a research and development expansion at its Southfield technical center, and expansion of its manufacturing plant in Battle Creek.

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Monday, January 14, 2013
Carl Zeiss, Maple Grove, MN, appointed Michael Kirchner as president of its Industrial Metrology Group in North America. Kirchner previously served the company as general manager for Carl Zeiss Shanghai Ltd.;

United Performance Metals (UPM), Hamilton, OH, named Kathy Esquerra regional account manager at its west-coast location in La Mirada, CA. She’ll represent the firm in Central and Northern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. UPM’s west-coast service center maintains an inventory of specialty stainless-steel and high-temperature alloy sheet and coil;

Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, MN, appointed Amit Pande as India sales manager. He’ll work from an office in Pune, India, to develop customer relationships for Mate throughout the country;

Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, KS, expanded its North American salesforce by appointing Jason Cohen to cover Texas and Oklahoma; Darrick Litten to cover Ohio, West Virginia and Western New York; and Dan Murphy to cover Illinois and Wisconsin. The firm also added two new manufacturer’s representatives: Pat Perkins, in Southern California; and John Weber, in Arizona and New Mexico. More at


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