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Schmalz Breaks Ground for New Facility in NC

Friday, June 26, 2015
Having outgrown its current 20,000-sq.-ft. home in Raleigh, NC, where its resided for the past 16 years, Schmalz Inc. is breaking ground at a new 6-acre site, also in Raleigh.  
“This will be one of the largest company-owned facilities outside of Germany,” says Wolfgang Schmalz, managing director and co-owner of J. Schmalz GmbH, parent company of Schmalz Inc. (, which provides vacuum technology for material handling and clamping, as well as related automated products. 
The new, $7-million facility will provide more room for testing and assembly of automation systems along with a dedicated customer showroom, training rooms and increased office space. 

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
All-New Stamping Co., El Monte, CA, has named David Goldsmith assistant quality assurance manager. The company ( provides precision stamped and fabricated parts to aerospace, electronics and other industries.

TDM Systems, Schaumburg, IL, has announced the appointment of David Morley as sales manager, North America. TDM Systems ( produces tool-management software and provides consulting services.

JMT USA, Salt Lake City, UT, a provider of machine tools to the metal-fabrication industry, has appointed two staff members to support the company’s laser products. Johntanna Messer joined JMT ( as a laser sales engineer and Chase Walker has been promoted from service technician to laser product specialist.

Huge Horizontal Vacuum Furnace for Solar Atmospheres in PA

Monday, June 22, 2015
Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania, Hermitage, PA, announced that it will be installing a 48-ft. horizontal high-vacuum furnace, with the furnace engineered and manufactured by its sister company, Solar Manufacturing, Inc. The $8 million project includes furnace cost as well as a 20,000-sq.-ft. building addition and needed utility services.
This car-bottom type furnace, model HCB-84576-2EQ, will have a work zone measuring 7 ft. dia. by 48 ft. long and be capable of handling loads to 150,000 lb. at 2400 F. Dual U.S.-patented loading cars will load/unload from both ends of the furnace. The vacuum chamber, manufactured by Youngberg Industries, Inc., Rockford, IL, will incorporate three 48-in.-dia. vacuum ports as well as six 24-in.-dia. ports for gas cooling inlet and outlet. Autoclave-type locking doors are included at both ends of the furnace. Installation and testing is scheduled to complete in the first quarter of 2016.
Solar Atmospheres (, with four facilities located in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, South Carolina and California, provides commercial heattreating and brazing services to an array of industries. Solar Manufacturing ( specializes in the manufacture of new vacuum furnaces and also provides hot-zone replacements and aftermarket spare parts and service.


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