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EJ Ajax Acquires Local Tool and Die Company

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Third-generation metalforming company EJ Ajax & Sons, Fridley, MN, has acquired Swirtz Tool & Manufacturing, Blaine, MN. Owner Paul Swirtz has joined EJ Ajax and is working in the toolroom to help the company continue to expand its inhouse tooling capabilities. More at


Harrington Hoists Growth Spurt

Friday, February 8, 2013
The manufacturing plant in Manheim, PA that has served as the home of Harrington Hoists, Inc. no longer is large enough to support the company’s growth, so the firm has leased a 97,000-sq.-ft. facility in Elizabethtown, PA, to house its warehousing and assembly operations. The new facility should be operational by May 2013; operations, fabrication and production manufacturing remains at the Manheim plant. Harrington Hoists manufactures electric-chain and wire-rope hoists, air-powered hoists, lever hoists, trolleys, cranes and other products;

Graebener-Reika Sets Up Shop in PA

Friday, February 8, 2013
A 12,000-sq.-ft. facility in Reading, PA, is the new home of the engineering, sales and service staff of Grabener-Reika, Inc., a manufacturer of a variety of fabricating equipment for tube, pipe, plate and sheet. The firm, a joint venture between German companies Graebener Machinintechnik and Reika, and Automatic Feed Co., Napoleon, OH, manufactures hydraulic, hydroforming and hot-stamping presses, pipe-bending and end-beveling machines, and much more;


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