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1987 FIN – Industry Veterans Kuhns & Ross Open K-Tech

November 13
00:00 2009

1987 FIN – Industry Veterans Kuhns & Ross Open K-Tech

January 27, 1988 FIN – Some well-known industry veterans from the Chicago area have scoffed at retirement by deciding to venture into fastener manufacturing once again.
Don Kuhns and Ralph Ross have formed K-Tech Mfg. Inc. based in Wheeling, Illinois.

The two co-own most of the company with a small percentage being owned by an outside investor.
The “K” from K-Tech is taken from the first letter of Kuhns’ last name.

Rosa told FIN that the 20,000 sq ft. facility will initially house 20 heading machines to produce standard and special machine screws, sheet metal screws, thread cutting and thread forming screws in a size range of #4 dia. Through 3/8 in. dia. And up to 3 1/2 in. ion length. The fasteners will be made from steel, stainless steel (18-8, 410 and 430), aluminum, brass and bronze.

Kuhns is president of the new company and Rosa executive vice president.
Kuhns’ lengthy career in the fastener industry includes a previous position as vice president of manufacturing for the former Universal Screw Co.
In 1967 he co-founded Eskay Screw, which he ran for 10 years. In 1977 until starting the new venture he had worked for Eskay’s parent company, Masco Corp., as a consultant.
Rosa ran the Chicago operations for Southern Screw Co. (now Southern Fastening Systems) as district manager for 28 years. ©1987/2009 Fastener Industry News.


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