grand opening at its Georgetown, Ky., tech center on Sept. 7. The event included a
ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception, and plant tour.
The 35,000-sq.-;. facility houses engineering, manufacturing, sales, administration, and a product showroom. It o;ers space for demos and customer trials, particularly with the AGV product line. This regional o;ice also will provide fully assembled structures to customers in the region.
The company expects that this location will eventually house 30 to 50 associates
in all phases of the operation.
Erie, Pa.-based separation technology provider Eriez® has named Adams Broth-
ers Inc., Atlanta, as the winner of the 2016 Merwin Sales Award. The company pres-
ents this award annually to honor the U.S. field sales o;ice that represented the
Welding and production automation
provider Pemamek Ltd. has opened a
branch o;ice in Houston. The subsid-
iary company, Pemamek LLC, is focused
on sales and service in North America.
The o;ice is sta;ed by Thomas
Poehlein, North America sales director. He comes to the company with an
extensive background in automation,
robotics, and heavy welding. Along with
significant experience in the welding automation industry, Poehlein has a long
working history at Yaskawa Motoman.
St. Paul, Minn.-based SuperMax has
been acquired by Laguna Tools Inc.,
an Irvine, Calif.-based manufacturer of
CNC machinery and band saws, table
saws, edge banders, and other woodworking and metalworking equipment.
SuperMax designs and sells drum,
brush, and combo sanders for the
woodworking and metalworking industries, as well as sander accessories
such as dust collectors, abrasives, and
The acquisition is not expected to
cause any immediate changes, as SuperMax’s management team remains in
place. An East Coast distribution center
is expected to be completed by the end
of the year.
Ditzingen, Germany-based TRUMPF
has acquired an 85 percent stake in
Access Laser Co., Everett, Wash. The
company produces high-precision,
low-power CO2 lasers used to fabricate
microchips in EUV lithography. In this
application, the light generated by the
laser serves as a beam source that is
deployed together with TRUMPF laser
amplifiers in EUV systems.
Founded in 1999, Access Laser Co.
employs about 60 people in the U.S.
and China. Its product portfolio includes precision lasers with output
powers between 100 milliwatts and 50
W, as well as lasers with peak powers as
high as 1 k W.
U.K.-based tube bending machine
manufacturer Unison Ltd. has announced plans to open a factory in Danville, Va. The $5.2 million plant, which
will be the company’s first U.S. manufacturing operation, is expected to create 35 new jobs in the next three years.
The company reports it will introduce
several new products to the U.S. market
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company in the most outstanding way
over the previous year by demonstrating exceptional sales performance, customer service, and support.
Adams Brothers, which also won the
award in 1995 and 2008, was selected
from 23 field sales o;ices that qualified
as finalists based on their superb sales
performance in 2016.
Jordi Universal V.S.L., a manufacturer of fiber lasers, press brakes, and
shears based in Lleida, Spain, and Laser
Experts Inc. of Elk Grove Village, Ill., have
entered into a sales and service partnership. Laser Experts now is responsible
for the sales of all Jordi products in the
Midwest, as well as service throughout
Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based
Panasonic has opened technical centers for
arc and laser welding technologies in
Farmington Hills, Mich., and Hilliard,
Ohio. Both facilities have the latest TAW-ERS™ arc welding and LAPRISS™ laser
diode welding systems installed, as well
as new technologies such as Super Ac-tive™, Zi-Pulse™, and HD-Mag™.
“The technical centers were designed
to serve as living laboratories geared to
support collaboration with fabricators
to solve their production challenges
and remedy their pain points,” said
Faisal Pandit, president, Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. of America. “Custom
waveforms can easily be developed to
address the trend toward thinner, lighter, coated, and o;en more complicated
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