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BTD Manufacturing Acquires Performance
Tool & Die, Names President

Tuesday, February 8, 2005
BTD Manufacturing, Inc., Detroit Lakes, MN, has acquired Performance Tool & Die, Inc., Lakeville, MN. Formed in 1980, Performance Tool & Die has specialized in manufacturing mid-sized to large progressive dies for customers throughout the United States. BTD, a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corp., offers die design, engineering, prototyping and short-run services as well as stamping, assembly, finishing and packaging. With the acquisition, BTD has more than 450 employees in three Minnesota locations. In other BTD news, the company has named Paul Gintner its president and CEO, following the retirement of CEO and cofounder Earl Rasmussen. For more, visit

Roll-Kraft Adds Cleaning System for Rolls

Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Roll-Kraft, Mentor, OH, has added a water-based parts-cleaning systems to its shop floor, to be used for cleaning rollform rolls and equipment parts that the company receives for reconditioning. The carousel unit features octagonal doors to allow simplified loading and unloading and can wash and rinse parts in one revolution. The company expects the washer to save time during the initial phase of receiving and evaluating rolls prior to reconditioning. For more, visit

Machine Tool Show Set for Taiwan in March

Monday, February 7, 2005
The TIMTOS Machine Tool Show will be held march 15-20 in Taipei. On display will be machining centers, milling machines, lathes, EDM equipment, stamping presses, grinding and drilling machinery, sawing equipment and other forming, cutting and finishing tools. For more information, visit


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