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Day: March 12, 2007

Illinois Tools Works Buys Quasar International

Illinois Tool Works Inc., producer of highly engineered components, equipment, consumable systems, and specialty products, has bought Quasar International, Inc., the inventor of PCRT (Process Compensated Resonant Testing), a NDT (Nondestructive Test) method. Quasar is in Albuquerque, NM. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Quasar will continue to operate as an independent company, consistent with the ITW decentralized organization structure. Quasar will be associated with MAGNAFLUX, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc., a supplier of Magnetic Particle equipment, Dye Penetrant inspection equipment, and associated chemical products used for nondestructive testing. Quasar operations in Albuquerque and Detroit will remain essentially unchanged, and ...

Beacon Buys $253M North Coast Commercial Roofing

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., Peabody, MA, has agreed to acquire North Coast Commercial Roofing Systems, Inc., a Twinsburg, OH-based distributor of commercial roofing systems and related accessories, with 16 locations in eight U.S. states.

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North Coast has branches in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. There is minimal overlap with Beacon's existing locations.

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North Coast gives Beacon with its first locations in three states: New York, Ohio and West Virginia. North Coast employs 197 associates and had sales of about $253 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.

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It will operate as a separate region under the North Coast name.

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ISCO Buys Fraser Mining and Industrial Supply

ISCO Industries, Louisville, KY, distributor and supplier of polyethylene (HDPE) piping products, has purchased Fraser Mining and Industrial Supply Company in Mansfield, TX.

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“Fraser Mining and Industrial Supply has fostered an excellent reputation across Texas and the south central United States, especially in service to the mining industry. With the similarities in our product lines and emphasis on HDPE, this move provides us with a location in the north Texas area, while giving us a strong presence in the Texas mining market, said Jimmy Kirchdorfer, president of ISCO Industries.

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ISCO also has nearby stocking and sales facilities in the Houston, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma areas.

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Owens Corning, Saint Gobain Merge Reinforcements Businesses

Owens Corning and Saint-Gobain have agreed to merge Owens Corning's Reinforcements Business and Saint-Gobain's Reinforcements and Composites Business (a part of the entity known as Vetrotex) into a new company that will be named OCV Reinforcements.

On July 27, 2006, Owens Corning and Saint-Gobain jointly announced that they were in discussions to merge their respective reinforcements and composites businesses, creating a global company in reinforcements and composite fabrics products, with worldwide revenues of $1.8 billion (1.5 billion) and 10,000 employees.

The agreement stipulates that the joint-venture will be owned 60% by Owens Corning and 40% by Saint-Gobain. After a minimum of four years, Saint-Gobain will have the option to sell its stake to Owens Corning, and ...

Timken Closes Brazil Facility

The Timken Company, Canton, OH, will close its production facility in Sao Paolo, Brazil, by the end of the year. Timken will maintain a sales, marketing and warehousing presence in Brazil to meet the needs of customers and distributors.

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Timken will support its future growth in the Brazilian market with its global manufacturing resources, along with new warehousing operations and a network of 35 distributors located in Brazil.

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The closure of the facility in Brazil is part of Timken's ongoing efforts to improve the performance of its Automotive Group. The company previously announced a restructuring initiative in 2005 and a workforce reduction in 2006, which are on track to deliver expected savings of approximately $40 million and $35 million, ...