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Friday, December 9, 2016

P&G Metal Components, Bloomfield, CT, has hired Karl Weinsteiger as director of engineering. The company, with inhouse stamping, finishing and shot-peen capabilities, supplies metal stampings and reed valves for the automotive, compressor and valve industries. It also supplies certified almen strips for both aerospace and nonaerospace shot-peen service providers worldwide. For more, visit

Mazak Optonics Corp., headquartered in Elgin, IL, with an online home at, has promoted Al Bohlen to president of its North American operations. Bohlen has been vice president and general manager since 2013. The company supplies laser-cutting systems and related technology.

Tebis America, Troy, MI, has announced the appointment of two new product and applications specialists, Mike Mazloum and Antonio Sieza, to service the Canadian market and, in particular, Ontario. The software company specializes in CAD/CAM systems for design and manufacturing, servicing the tool, die, mold, aerospace and automotive manufacturing industries. Visit the company at

Keats Opens Stamping Plant in Queretaro, Mexico

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Keats Manufacturing has opened a new manufacturing plant in El Marques, Queretaro, Mexico, the third manufacturing plant under the Keats corporate umbrella. It will operate under the name Keats de Mexico and manufacture complex precision metal stampings, wire forms and assemblies for the automotive, electrical-distribution, medical, electronics, appliance and home-automation industries. The building is approximately 15,000 sq. ft. and will employ 15-20 people. Total investment will be approximately $1 million, according to company officials.

Keats Manufacturing was established in 1958 in Chicago, IL, and currently operates 180 production machines and employs 175 people in its three plants in Wheeling, IL, El Paso, TX, and the new plant in Mexico.

For more on the new operation, visit

Miller Adds Jetline Welding-Automation Products

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, WI, has announced the integration of welding-automation products from Jetline Engineering Inc. into the Miller brand. This allows Miller to better serve customers with an expanded offering of welding-automation solutions, according to Miller officials.

Founded in the 1950s, Jetline developed automated-welding methods and machines for the aerospace industry and went on to produce welding-automation systems, including seam- and circumferential-welding systems. The company was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in 2000 and integrated into the ITW Welding Products Group, which also includes Miller and Hobart Filler Metals.

Jetline will transition its branding by changing to a joint logo on all products, labels and marketing-communication materials. Jetline customer support and service staff will remain in Irvine, CA.

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