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Motch & Eichele Acquires NC Distributor of Machine Tools and Metrology Equipment

Monday, September 16, 2013
Machine-tool distributor and turnkey system provider Motch & Eichele Co., Cuyahoga Falls, OH, has acquired Crotts & Saunders Engineering, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC. Now known as Crotts & Saunders, LLC, the firm distributes metal-cutting and grinding equipment, as well as metrology equipment such as coordinate-measuring machines, vision systems and optical comparators; Motch & Eichele is online at

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Monday, September 16, 2013
Swedish metalforming-equipment manufacturer AP&T has a new CEO. After 20 yr., Tord Andersson handed over the reins of the company to Magnus Baarman;

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, made several personnel moves. The service-center organization promoted Ward Sutton to supply chain manager; Brian Bick to director of sales; Brian Romans to director of business operations; and Kathy Esquerra to inside sales manager for its facility in California;

Metal fabricator Ohio Laser, Plain City, OH, appointed Albert Wittkopp chief operating officer. The firm provides laser tube-, pipe- and plate-cutting services, as well as welding, bending, machining, waterjet-cutting and other metal-fabricating services;

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has begun to search for a replacement for executive director/CEO Mark Tomlinson. As Tomlinson’s tenure winds down, he’ll continue to manage SME’s day-to-day operations and serve as an industry spokesperson;

Bunting Magnetics, Newton, KS, manufacturer of magnetic products for separation, material handling and other industrial applications, made several hires. Joining its team: Sultan Shaaban, design engineer for separation equipment; Isaac Castro and Eric Johnson, design engineers for material-handling equipment; and Mark McGovern, inside sales representative for separation equipment;

Tour Batesville Tool & Die at Open House Event

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, metalformer Batesville Tool & Die, Inc., Batesville, IN, will hold an open house and offer tours of its facility on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The company is online at


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