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TR Electronic to Distribute
Di-Soric Sensors in North America

Wednesday, February 9, 2005
TR Electronic, Troy, MI, and London, Ontario, Canada, has reached an agreement to distribute, sell and service Di-Soric position sensors in North America. Nexon Automation, which sells and services TR Electronic products in Mexico, will also support the Di-Soric sensors. For more, visit

Rafter Tube Mill Slated for Southland Tube

Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, OH, has received an order to supply a tube mill for Southland Tube, Inc., Birmingham, AL. The RT-8000 mill, to handle tube to 12.75-in. dia by 0.500-in. wall thickness, can manufacture rounds and shapes from high-strength steel alloy. The stands on this mill will be mounted on rafts for quick changeover and include quick-disconnect couplings. It is expected to be operating at Southland by fall 2005. For more, visit

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


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