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Ramcel Earns Quality Certs.

Monday, April 10, 2006
Ramcel Engineering Co. has earned TS 16949:2002 and ISO 9001:2000 quality certifications at its Northbrook, IL, facility. The company supplies custom metal stampings, tooling and assemblies to various industries. For more, visit

Ownership, Technology Changes at Trueline

Monday, April 10, 2006
Trueline, Inc., La Crosse, WI, designer and manufacturer of Class A progressive dies and automated special machines as well as a contract stamper, is now under the sole ownership of Terry Trueblood, president, after he purchased the outstanding company stock shares from his brother Tim Trueblood. Tim has left Trueline. Terry Trueblood, in announcing the ownership change, also outlined plans to expand corporate administrative offices as well as project management, quality control and inspection departments. Beyond that, he announced the company’s increased use of in-die sensing and in-die measurement. That allows for automatic adjustment of forms in the die to maintain dimensional features and permits 100-percent inspection of critical features. Also, the company has designed a die feature that allows in-die lubrication of all moving components to extend die life. For more, visit

Balzers Acquiring Gold Star Coatings

Friday, April 07, 2006
Balzers, Inc. is acquiring the PVD coating operations of Gold Star Coatings, a subsidiary of Star Cutter Co. With the transaction to be completed by the end of April, Balzers will become a coating partner for the tool resharpening service centers operated by Star Cutter, and will open an inhouse coating center in the gear-tool manufacturing operation of Star Cutter in East Tawas, MI. In addition, the existing Gold Star coating center in Richmond, IN, will be expanded to become a Balzers regional site. Also, business at Gold Star’s West Branch, MI, facility will be integrated into three existing Balzers coating centers in Michigan. For more, visit


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