BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling is proud to celebrate 25 years of North American operations in 2015. Incorporated in the spring of 1990 under the name Kaiser Precision Tooling (KPT), the subsidiary of Switzerland-based Heinz Kaiser AG provided the North American market better access to products and more complete engineering solutions in development and manufacturing of precision boring tools and modular boring systems. In 2003 KPT formed an alliance with BIG Daishowa Seiki, a Japanese manufacturer of tool holders, cutting tools and measuring accessories. Acknowledging the importance of the alliance, KPT changed its name to BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.   

Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC has promoted Jeff Mills to Ransohoff National Sales Manager effective December 2014. In his new role, he will assume responsibility for Ransohoff new machine and rebuild sales along with coaching and mentoring the team to not only expand on their successes in the automotive market but also to penetrate other growing industrial markets throughout the U.S.  

Gardner Business Media has announced the acquisition of the AutoBeat Group from founder-publisher Bill Hampton, who will continue working as publisher of the AutoBeat properties. Gardner Business Media publishes Automotive Design & Production magazine and That media and AutoBeat properties will form a new Automotive Group within the publishing company. 

Koepfer America sponsored a group of North American gear manufacturers on a technology-focused “Italian Gear Tech Tour.” The November trip covered the latest Italian gear products to be introduced to the North American market. The group consisted of select representatives from the industry’s leading gear manufacturers who received a personal look into these companies, as well as tours of several gear manufacturers.

The tour took place in the northern region of Italy where the country’s manufacturing is concentrated. The tour also included cultural visits to the Lamborghini and Ferrari museums, a castle tour, and choice culinary experiences. 

SigmaTEK has announced dates for SigmaTEK Academy Productivity Workshop 2015. The annual event will be held May 5-6, 2015, at the company’s global headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. SigmaTEK Academy is held every year during the first week in May and includes sessions and presentations on a variety of fabrication topics. For more information visit

Star SU LLC has formed an alliance with Profilator to manufacture Scudding® tools for the global market and in North America in cooperation with GMTA in Ann Arbor, Mich. Scudding® is the radical improvement on traditional power skiving technology for gear production, long proven in the market to be faster, more accurate and versatile in use. 

David Goodfellow, president of Star SU LLC is very pleased with the new partnership. “Star SU is using its vast experience of gear cutting tool technology for new tool development, as well as its tool service centers to support Profilator on this new technology process. We are looking forward to working with Profilator and GMTA and see this as mutually beneficial for each company.”