Originally Published MPMN September 2005
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Nick John, Manager, Engineering
Dazor Manufacturing Co.
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Dazor Manufacturing Corp. (St. Louis, MO; www.dazor.com) manufactures task lighting equipment and magnifiers. Its most recent product is the speckFINDER video microscope, which can be used for inspection and assembly work by manufacturers, as well as in dental and forensics laboratories. - Corinne Litchfield
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