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Lawson Products Acquires
West-Coast Airgas Subsidiary

Thursday, November 3, 2005
Lawson Products, Des Plaines, IL, a distributor of industrial products including abrasives, safety products, adhesives, cutting tools and fasteners, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Rutland Tool & Supply Co., Whittier, CA. Rutland, a subsidiary of Airgas, Inc., distributor of industrial gases and welding and safety products, has seven locations—four in Calif. and one each in Phoenix, AZ, Houston, TX and Suwanee, GA. Learn more at

3DQuickPress Enters Latin American Market

Wednesday, November 2, 2005
3DQuickPress, a 3D CAD die-design system, will be sold and serviced in Mexico through CAD AVSHEIP S.A. of Monterrey, Mexico. The new alliance between CAD AVSHEIP and 3D QuickTools Ltd., the developer of 3DQuickPress, covers 3DQuickPress for SolidWorks and related products, and marks the introduction of the technology to the Latin American marketplace. The system had been introduced to U.S. and European markets in 2004. For more on 3DQuickPress, visit

Mate Earns Minnesota Quality Award

Monday, October 31, 2005
The Minnesota Council for Quality (MCQ) has presented a 2005 Minnesota Quality Award (MQA) to Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, MN, a manufacturer of punch-press tooling. Since 1991, 70 organizations have earned the MQA. To earn its award, Mate developed a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award application that addressed the 19 Criteria for Performance Excellence. The MCQ reviewed the application and six trained Baldrige evaluators conducted a three-day site visit to Mate. For more, visit Mate online at


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