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Walter Acquires Melin Tool Co.

Walter has reached an agreement to acquire the Melin Tool Co., a privately-owned, Cleveland-based company and manufacturer of solid-carbide and HSS end mills, drills and countersinks.

Industrial M&A Falls in 2019

Industrial merger and acquisition activity fell in 2019 because of slowing economies and trade uncertainty, consulting firm PwC said in a report.

Caterpillar Profit Rises Despite Lower Revenue

Caterpillar Inc. today reported higher fourth-quarter profit as expense controls made up for lower revenue. The Deerfield, Illinois-based maker of earthmoving machines and heavy equipment also warned of “continued global economic uncertainty” in 2020.

Gundrilling for Job Shops

Today’s job shops can distinguish themselves from competitors by adding deep hole drilling/gundrilling to their offerings. But complex, custom-built machines require more floor space and a bigger investment.

Today’s Solid-Carbide Tools Are Top Producers

Solid-carbide round tools have seemingly been around forever; before them, high-speed steel (HSS) tools ruled the roost, and after them a growing selection of alternative processes like indexables, EDM, waterjet and now additive manufacturing emerged as competition.