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MSC Acquires Barnes, Gains Access to Canadian Market

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
MSC Industrial Supply Co., Melville, NY, a distributor of metalworking and MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) supplies, acquired Barnes Distribution North America, Cleveland, OH. Barnes distributes fasteners and other consumables via three distribution centers in Canada (Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick), and seven U.S. facilities. More at

Michigan Tool Shop Supports Chinese Dual-Clutch Transmission Project

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
With the help of sales and marketing company Reshamca, Commerce, MI, O. Keller Tool Engineering Co., Livonia, MI, landed a contract to provide an assembly fixture and tooling for a new GM dual-clutch transmission program under at Shanghai Gear, Chongqing, China. O. Keller ( provided 40 tools to the company within a 7-month window to support project kickoff in February-March 2013. Reshamca coordinates customer and supplier relationships for castings and stamped mechanical and electromechanical assemblies in China, India and Eastern Europe;

Weber Specialties Planning Expansion

Thursday, March 14, 2013
A 30,000-sq.-ft. expansion is in the works at metalforming company Weber Specialties Co., Schoolcraft, MI, specialists in metal stamping, fabricating, tool and die build, assembly, welding and powder coating. The firm recently acquired 8.5 acres of land across the street from its headquarters facility. The expansion, with a targeted move-in date of April 15, 2013, will allow Weber to increase its assembly and value-added offerings, while its existing headquarters building focuses on engineering, stamping and tool and die;


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