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Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Friday, December 14, 2012
Specialty-metals slitter and distributor Almetals, Inc., Wixom, MI, hired Michael J. Krzyskowski as purchasing manager. He’ll manage all purchasing and inventory processes, including the dissemination of purchase orders, inventory maintenance and monitoring of supplier quality and performance;

Murata Machinery, USA’s fabrication division, Charlotte, NC, promoted Cary Teeple from district sales manager to fabrication products sales manager. He’ll direct sales of the Muratec brand throughout North and South America, excluding Brazil. Murata’s fabrication division manufactures mechanical, servo-drive and punch-plasma hybrid turret-punch presses, as well as automated stockers, loaders and sorting equipment;

Wilson Tool Intl., White Bear Lake, MN, appointed Chris Lawless president and Paul Johnson president of new business development. Lawless, previously vice president of operations for the firm’s punching division, will oversee operations in North and South America. Johnson, previously vice president of operations for Wilson Tool’s press brake and stamping divisions, will lead the company’s foray into new business opportunities. Wilson Tool is online at

Arku Infrastructure Expansion to Enable Construction of Larger Machines

Friday, December 14, 2012
Arku Maschinenbau GmbH, Baden-Baden, Germany, parent company of Arku Coil Systems, Cincinnati, OH, is constructing a new production building that will enable the firm to manufacture larger machines—Arku produces sheetmetal-leveling machines and coil-handling equipment. The $5-million expansion project, slated for completion in May 2013, will increase manufacturing space to more than 16,000 sq. ft. and increase the apprenticeship workshop from 1000 to 4000 sq. ft. It is the largest single investment project in the company’s history. More at

Redesigned Website Features Double-Sheet Sensors

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Prime Controls, Dayton, OH, a manufacturer of double-metal sheet sensors and controls for the metalforming industry, has launched a newly redesigned website to help customers match the right sensor solution to the application at hand. The website,, includes a searchable online catalog and a selection algorithm based on workpiece-material type, sheet thickness and measurement method—contact or noncontact. Also included are operating instructions and product specifications. And, all of the firm’s social-media outlets are accessible directly from the website homepage.


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