Bodycote’s facility in Elgin, Illinois, replaces an aging Melrose Park facility. The site will support manufacturing supply chains in the Midwest, and the Melrose Park facility will close once the transfer of customers’ work has been completed.

Classical Heat Treatment North America President Tom Gibbons says, “Our investment in the new facility enables us to expand our capacity and improve our ability to deliver high-quality heat treatment capabilities to our customers.”

Bodycote has more than 70 locations in North America.

Photo: Bodycote
Doug Brannies

Job Changes, Promotions

Doug Brannies has joined Speedgrip Chuck Co. as vice president of sales & marketing. Previously, Brannies spent 10 years as regional business manager for Royal Products and has been part of the machining industry for almost 20 years, holding a CMTSE designation from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Brannies brings a background in CNC machine tools, workholding, and machining optimization.

Bill Taylor


Bill Taylor has joined Mahr Inc. as general manager, sales for the U.S. and Canada. In addition to field sales, he will oversee marketing, product management, application engineering, service, distribution teams, and the customer resource center. Taylor has more than 20 years of industrial experience and has held leadership positions with Kistler Instrument, Kokusia Inc., and Wellman Thermal Systems.


Chris Blaine

Chris Blaine has joined Platinum Tooling Technologies Inc. and will oversee all sales activities related to four Platinum Tooling rep groups across the U.S., including machine tool accessory sales throughout Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additionally, the territory includes Evergreen Tool Group Tool in Michigan, McGill Sales in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, and CMI covering Indiana and Kentucky. Before joining Platinum Tooling, Blaine worked at Morris Group Inc./Velocity Products.