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This Week In Brief: October 12, 2010

Edge Electronics Inc. (Bohemia, NY) has announced an agreement with LSI Computer Systems Inc. (Melville, NY) to distribute LSI's product line of standard integrated circuits. Edge Electronics will promote its partner's incremental encoder interface ICs, brush and brushless motor drives and controllers, stepper motor controller ICs, lighting control and dimming ICs, PIR sensor interface ICs, programmable digital timing ICs, programmable digital lock ICs, and counter and divider ICs.

Chroma Corp. (McHenry, IL) and Annolino & Associates LLC (Columbus, OH) have entered into an agreement whereby Annolino will become the Southwestern territory representative and sales agent for Chroma's line of compounded products. These products include concentrates; precolor; glass-filled compounds; photoluminescent, biodegradable concentrates; FDA frosted PET colors; and products designed for the rotational molding industry.

To meet increased demand for medical device parts and components, ATEK Plastics (Kerrville, TX) is investing in two new Toshiba 500-tn electric injection molding machines equipped with new robots, vision systems, and RJG eDarts. The equipment investments will enable the company to complete multiple new projects from large OEMs in the surgical and stem cell reclaim markets and to tackle new projects from existing medical customers.

Seeking to expand its ability to serve the spinal-implant market, Tecomet is opening a development center for spinal implants at its headquarters in Wilmington, MA. Housed in a 2500-sq-ft facility and equipped with high-speed CNC machining centers, the new center will assist both large existing customers and new start-up companies by developing and fabricating products for spinal-implant applications. 

The Fisher-Barton Group of Companies, including Accurate Specialties Inc. and Thermal Spray Technologies Inc., has broken ground on an 1800-sq-ft addition to its materials laboratory in Watertown, WI. The new lab will serve as a resource for all five Fisher-Barton divisions to develop materials and further processing innovations. Scheduled for completion by March 31, 2011, the expansion will assist the company in advancing materials and coating technologies.

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