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Beckwood Delivers Trim Press
to Appliance Maker

Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, MO, has delivered a custom trim press for a major appliance manufacturer. The 150-ton-capacity hydraulic press with Beckwood’s new hybrid tie-rod design is used to trim refrigerator doors. It features a 50 by 90-in. bolster, 13-in. stroke, remote power system and thermostatically controlled water-oil cooler. It can reach speeds to 360 in./min on approach, 61 in./min. while pressing and 380 in./min. on return. For more, visit

L.S. Starrett Establishes Mexican Distribution Facility

Monday, June 27, 2005
L.S. Starrett, headquartered in Athol, MA, has established a distribution and band-saw-blade welding center in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, with the intent of expanding the company’s presence and customer support in Mexico. Besides the welding center, the 6500-sq.-ft. facility includes a warehouse that stocks the Starrett line of precision measuring tools, gauges, shop tools, metrology equipment and accessories. Also stocked are Starrett band-saw blades, jig- and reciprocating-saw blades, hacksaws and hole saws. Plans call for a product showroom and training area for metrology products. For more, visit

Butech Acquires Bliss Rolling-Mill Div.

Friday, June 24, 2005
Butech, Inc., Salem, OH, purchased the intellectual property and products of the former E.W. Bliss –Rolling Mill Division, from French company DMS. Included in the sale is transfer of Licensee Rights from Mitsubishi-USA for the exclusive North America authorized FMV (force motor valve) rebuild operation. Butech’s 300,000-sq.-ft. facility was built for production of Bliss rolling mills. It operates more than 50 machining centers, a welding department and an assembly department.


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