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New management team charts course for Cincinnati Lamb.

New ownership has a way of breathing vitality into the best-run organizations. The global operations of Cincinnati Lamb were purchased from UNOVA for $60 million by Maxcor Inc. and Silver Point Finance LLC and integrated into a newly created division, MAG Industrial Automation Systems (IAS) LLC, a transaction closed at the beginning of April.

Commenting on the acquisition, Bernard J. Theisen, president of MAG IAS, expressed considerable enthusiasm for the company's prospects in the machine tool and automation systems markets: "We're very optimistic about the opportunities that we see in all of our key market segments--aerospace, automotive, industrial components, and heavy equipment manufacturing, as well as opportunities in aftermarket services for the entire manufacturing marketplace."

That said, Theisen has announced the new management team for the operations under the Cincinnati Lamb brand name (Honsberg Cincinnati Lamb in Germany) that will report to him:

* Dan Janka, president, Cincinnati Machine LLC (Hebron, KY);

* Steve Arksey, president, Lamb Technicon LLC (Warren, MI);

* Bob Schaffner, president, Lamb Assembly & Test LLC (Machesney Park, IL);

* Bill Horwarth, president, Cincinnati Lamb PLUS (Hebron, KY);

* Bernd Stutz, president, Honsberg Sonderwerkzeugmaschinen GmbH (Remscheid, Germany);

* Stephen Brown, president, Cincinnati Machine Ltd. (Birmingham, England)

The management group taps the talents of many company veterans who will be expected to continue to build on Cincinnati Lamb's recent successes and realize the ambitious goals set out for this global manufacturer of machine tools and automated manufacturing systems.

A list of these accomplishments includes the just-completed installation by Cincinnati Lamb of the first fully flexible engine block and head machining system in North America. It will be producing engines at Hyundai's new plant in Montgomery, AL. Also in the automotive sector, Cincinnati Lamb has received orders for more than two dozen of its new generation MEGA series horizontal machining centers in North America, Europe, and China. The company's GEMINEX multitasking machines, TC series traveling column machining centers, and MEGA series horizontal machining centers continue to make inroads in the heavy equipment market.

Aftermarket service and support have become an important thrust for the company with its PLUS program, which, Theisen points out, has been expanded to include Lamb products. The PLUS program offers services to Cincinnati Lamb customers that add value to the manufacturing process while giving users the tools and supports necessary to manage life cycle costs.

Commenting on the management group, Theisen said: "Each of these individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his respective management position. I am excited to have our executive team in place as we focus on keeping core businesses healthy and move forward with a defined plan to expand product innovation and development."

Cincinnati Lamb has eight plants in North America and Europe and employs about 1,300 people worldwide. Cincinnati Lamb, 506tp-161
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Date:Jun 1, 2005
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