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Balluff Moves to Bigger Digs in Chicago

Monday, May 13, 2013
The Midwest region sales team for Balluff, Inc. has moved to a new, larger facility in Itasca, IL. The new facility features areas for customer testing and validation of the firm’s advanced control-system architectures and sensing packages. The Balluff Midwest sales team comprises nine people who work in account, industry and project management, and technical support;

Hydraulic Coining Press to Manufacturer of Brake Parts

Friday, May 10, 2013
Greenerd Press & Machine Co., Inc., Nashua, NH, has delivered a 1000-ton hydraulic coining press to the South Bend, IN plant of Global Parts Networks, LLC (GPN). GPN manufactures brake shoes, brake-shoe kits, friction material and related parts for tractor trailers and heavy-duty trucks. The press is the firm’s second from Greenerd; both are used to coin remanufactured brake shoes in a single-stroke hand-fed operation. It’s an eight-point gib-guided press with a 36- by 36-in. bed, 28 in of daylight, 12-in. adjustable stroke and pressing speed to 23 in./min. A pre-slowdown circuit allows the operator to set the height for changeover from rapid-advance to pressing speed. More at; GPN is online at

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, MO, hired Richard Wilhelm as director of operations. He’ll oversee engineering, production and customer service and support for the manufacturer of hydraulic presses and automated systems;

Central Steel & Wire Co., Chicago, IL, hired Raman Bradshaw as territory sales manager—Kansas City. He’ll call on accounts in Kansas and Western Missouri for the full-line metal-service center;

Jagemann Stamping Co., Manitowoc, WI, promoted Kurt Zipperer to sales director. The firm manufactures deep-draw and progressive-die stampings, fineblanked parts and plastic/metal components;

Waterjet-cutting equipment manufacturer Omax Corp., Kent, WA, named Lorant Keseru regional sales manager for Southeast Europe and the Middle East. The firm notes that key target markets for its multiaxis waterjet systems include Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Quatar and Oman;


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