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Belco Industries partners with German steel maker
Belco Industries, located just outside the city of Belding in Ionia County, has announced a new working relationship with Kind & Co., an all-in-one steel maker and supplier of extrusion tooling near Cologne, Germany.
The announcement states that Kind has more than 120 years of experience in the development, processing and finishing of high alloy steels and other metals, including implementations for extrusion systems.
Belco is a second-generation family business that employs about 80 people, with Mike Kohn serving as president. Belco began in 1959 in sheet-metal manufacturing, and today it is known for manufacturing furnaces and finishing equipment for the aluminum extrusions industry.
According to the company website, Belco may have produced more vertical aluminum paint finishing systems than most other companies in the world.
“It’s a niche market for us and we’re very well known in that area,” said Cal Wilson, vice president of sales.
Belco said Kind & Co.’s work in extrusion tooling complements Belco’s work in extrusion equipment, giving customers of both companies a source for all of their extrusion equipment needs.
Bryant Bronner, Kind & Co.’s key accounts manager for North and South America, said the partnership with Belco is something its customers in the industry asked for.
“It made sense for us, a steel maker and tool supplier, to pair with a respected extrusion equipment supplier,” said Bronner.
He said the size and family-owned background of both companies make the partnership a good match because both companies value the same things.