Lincoln Electric

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Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO) announced today that it has acquired Wayne Trail Technologies, Inc., a privately held Ohio-based manufacturer of automated systems and tooling, serving a wide range of applications in the metal processing market.

"The addition of Wayne Trail Technologies strengthens our already strong position as a market leader in welding automation in North America," said John M. Stropki, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Wayne Trail brings extensive design and system building experience, and we are particularly excited about the company's proven capabilities and continued commercial success in the area of laser welding systems."

"We look forward to expanding our ability to serve customers in the U.S. and international markets as part of Lincoln's broad portfolio of welding and automated solutions for its global customer base," said David M. Knapke, President and CEO of Wayne Trail Technologies.

Wayne Trail Technologies, Inc., with headquarters and manufacturing operations in Ft. Loramie, Ohio, has annual sales of approximately $50 million and employs 162 people.

Terms were not disclosed.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 45 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 20 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.

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Torchmate Inc, a Lincoln Electric Company, has responded to CNC market demand by launching the Torchmate® Growth Series™ 4X4™ CNC machine — a new, versatile and adaptable robotic metal cutting product that adds to the company's growing list of industry-leading CNC offerings.

The brand-new Growth Series™ 4X4™ machine will be showcased at the FABTECH Expo, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating and welding trade show, from Nov. 14-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL - Lincoln Electric Booth #5922. The Growth Series™ 4X4™ will be officially offered for sale on Nov. 28 through nationwide distributors and by calling Torchmate direct at (866) 571-1066.

With the Growth Series™ 4X4™, Torchmate delivers a machine that grows with the consumer's needs. Based on the overwhelming popularity of the company's Growth Series™ 2X2™ and 2X4™ CNC machines, the Growth Series™ 4X4™ packs state-of-the-art plasma cutting, engraving, and routing capabilities into a larger cutting table size that increases the range of metal products the machine can cut.

Growth Series™ 2X2™ and Growth Series™ 2X4™ machine owners can upgrade their machines to the Growth Series™ 4X4™ at an affordable price. The upgrade options allow Torchmate customers to invest in a Torchmate CNC machine with confidence, knowing their purchase is flexible enough to be converted into a larger sized CNC machine effectively and affordably.

"The launch of our Growth Series™ 4X4™ machine underlines Torchmate's continuing commitment to create machines that provide the affordability and flexibility that small businesses and hobbyists demand," said Torchmate General Manager Bill Kunz. "The Growth Series™ 4X4™ allows CNC machine owners to upgrade their machines to keep pace with the expansion of their business or personal needs without starting all over."

The Growth Series™ 4X4™ has been designed with small metal shops, sheet metal companies, career and technical schools, hobbyists and the off-road and racing industry in mind. The Growth Series™ 4X4™ can be used to design and cut everything from intricate and professional-quality metal parts to chassis or suspension components. Sold with versatile software and compatible with multiple tools, the Growth Series™ 4X4™ has functions that are repeatable and precise — allowing a Torchmate machine owner to churn out many copies of the same metal part with a single computer click.

The price tag on the Growth Series™ 4X4™ sets it apart from the competition, and is another reason the Torchmate line of products have become a favorite of small businesses and hobbyists.

Torchmate® Growth Series™ 4X4™ CNC Prototyping System package (starts at $4,995)

* Three-axis motorized system (2 x-axis drives and 1 y-axis drive and motor)
* Torchmate Growth Series™  4x4™ Driver Software
* Growth Series™ 4X4™ water table available (perfect for dust and airborne particulate control)

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Lincoln Electric Automation will host a one day laser welding and cutting technology seminar at the Automation Center of Excellence on March 24, 2011. The seminar will include a brief review of the history of lasers, an introduction to laser materials processing benefits and hands-on demonstrations of the technology.

This seminar is tailored to organizations that are looking for higher productivity, lower heat input, and or lower per-part cost from an automated process. Welding engineers, designers, manufacturing engineers, product managers and CEOs will all benefit from the session.

Other topics on the agenda include:

* A short review on the history of lasers and the hybrid process
* How lasers are presently being used by various industries
* The economics of the technology
* How a company can evaluate if a laser may is well suited for their present or future manufacturing needs

Guest speakers will include representatives from FANUC Robotics America Corporation, IPG Photonics Corporation, Alabama Laser, Division of Alabama Laser Specialty Products Inc. and HIGHYAG Lasertechnologie GmbH.

The March event is limited to 40 guests. Lincoln Electric Automation will offer back-up date(s) throughout the year as the company anticipates this seminar will fill up quickly.

Reservations will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Patricia DeDonno at 216-383-8542 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to RSVP.

The Lincoln Electric Automation Division provides complete welding automation and cutting solutions. The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, fume extraction equipment and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. The company holds a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.

For more information please contact: The Lincoln Electric Company - Automation Division at 22221 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44117-2522, via phone at (888) 935-3878 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information, visit

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