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Precision Roll Grinders Rolls Out New Plant

Monday, April 19, 2004
To upgrade its ability to offer roll-grinding and repair services to North American manufacturers of steel sheet, aluminum and other materials, Precision Roll Grinders has opened a new 30,000-sq.-ft. plant in Texarkana, AK. The new plant joins other PRG plants in Allentown, PA (company headquarters), Carrolton, GA, and Lewisport, KY. It can work on rolls from 2- to 102-in. dia., up to 600 in. long and weighing to 240,000 lb. Complete services include leak testing, dynamic balancing and vacuum testing.

Orchid Automation Partners with Noble Engineering

Monday, April 19, 2004
Orchid Automation Group Inc., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, has formed a strategic partnership with Noble Engineering Co., Shelby Township, MI, to distribute and integrate Noble’s in-press transfer systems. The agreement, announced March 30, 2004, at METALFORM Louisville, aims to meet the growing demand that Orchid has seen for products from its automation and press divisions, says company president Grant Bibby. Noble designs and manufactures mechanical, servo-mechanical and servo transfer systems, complimenting Orchid Automation Group’s product mix that includes quick-die-change equipment, automatic storage-and-retrieval systems, end-of-line conveyors, turntables and rack-handling systems. Learn more at

Minster Named Exclusive N.A. Distributor
for Amada Gap Presses

Friday, April 16, 2004
The Minster Machine Company, Minster, OH, has formed a strategic relationship with Amada America, Inc., Buena Park, CA, to become the exclusive provider of Amada one- and two-point gap-frame presses, from 45 to 500 metric-ton capacity, for the North American market. “This is a nice strategic fit for Minster,” MetalForming was told in an exclusive interview with David Winch, Minster vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, “because Amada does not build straight-side presses, which have been our focus, and at the same time we need to continue to offer a competitive gap-press line to our customer base. We decided that rather than invest in enhancing our existing line of gap presses, the distribution relationship with Amada was a better choice.” Minster will provide installation, startup and service for its customers of the Amada presses, and its service group will handle warranty assistance. All of the necessary training has been completed, and the Minster website already includes a list of available stock machines.. “This strategic marketing relationship represents growth for Minster similar to that from our ongoing relationship with Bihler for its slideforming machines,” Winch tells MetalForming. “It fills another important product niche for us. Further down the road, we hope to explore other opportunities with Amada, perhaps performing some value-added work to enhance the product offering, and exploring opportunities to meet the needs of metalformers in Asia.”


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