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ITW Welding North America adds MAXAL brand to portfolio

APPLETON, Wis. — September 29, 2010 — ITW Welding North America today announced the addition of MAXAL™-brand aluminum welding wire products to its portfolio, effective immediately. MAXAL, Inc. was a privately held company based in Traverse City, Mich.

“This addition enables us to deliver a superior platform of customized, comprehensive aluminum wire and feeding solutions to our customers in strategic markets,” said Mike Weller, president of ITW Welding North America. “The synergy between MAXAL aluminum wire products, Miller welding equipment and our offering of MIG welding guns solidifies our position as the leader in aluminum systems technology in a marketplace where demand is increasing.”

Founded in 2006, MAXAL was owned and operated by aluminum industry innovators, Jim MacIntosh and Steve and Bruce Anderson. MAXAL is widely recognized in the industry as a technology leader and has revolutionized the way aluminum wire is developed and produced.

“This is a strategic move for our business and ultimately enables us to deliver more value to our customers and the industry overall,” said Steve Anderson, one of the principal founders of MAXAL. “ITW Welding North America is composed of the best welding products in the market, and we’re extremely pleased to be joining this portfolio of industry-leading brands.”

Both Steve and Bruce Anderson will remain as key contributors to the business moving forward. As part of ITW Welding North America, MAXAL will continue operating at its current location. Jim MacIntosh will continue as president of MAXAL, reporting to Tim Temby, group vice president of Industrial Products for ITW Welding North America.

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