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Nov 2015  
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ARCH acquires Ultra-Dex and PTG

Precision components provider ARCH Global Precision, Livonia, Mich., has acquired two cutting tool manufacturers. ARCH purchased Flushing, Mich.-based Ultra-Dex Tooling Systems, including the Ultra-Dex USA branded product line and the Beamer Laser Marking Systems product line (collectively “Ultra-Dex”) from Mark and Sharon Birchmeier. Ultra-Dex is a manufacturer of tooling systems, including indexable boring, milling and drilling systems, as well as tool holders, custom designed tooling and laser marking systems.

ARCH also acquired Production Tool & Grinding (PTG), a manufacturer of solid carbide cutting tools located in Orange, Mass. All PTG equipment and employees will be relocated to the KEO Milling Cutters facility in nearby Athol, Mass. KEO is a wholly-owned unit of ARCH Global Precision.

Mark Birchmeier, former owner of Ultra-Dex, will continue on in his role as President of the company for a transitional period. “We are pleased to announce the sale of Ultra-Dex Tooling Systems, Ultra-Dex USA and Beamer Laser Marking Systems to ARCH Global Precision,” he said. “In choosing an acquirer to sell the companies to, it was important for Sharon and I to find a group that understood our business and was committed to maintaining the business here in Flushing. Based on the positive interactions that we experienced throughout the sale process, we found ARCH Global Precision to be the ideal buyer for Ultra-Dex.”

 PTG will become an integral part of KEO, according to ARCH Global Precision. “The PTG acquisition not only diversifies the products manufactured and end markets served by KEO Milling Cutters, but also provides significant CNC grinding capacity to accommodate future growth,” said Terry Leach, vice president of operations for KEO Milling Cutters and Richards Micro Tool.

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