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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;

Orlando to Host Additive-Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy Conference

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Metal Powder Industries Federation, Princeton, NJ, will hold its inaugural conference, Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy, in Orlando, FL, May 18-20, 2014. The conference will be collocated with the PM2014 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy, and the Tungsten, Refractory & Hardmaterials Conference. Learn more at


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