BARBER-COLMAN DEAL EXPANDS PRODUCT LINE

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Plastics processors who use Barber-Colman Co.'s MACO controllers now can buy Balluff Inc. linear position transducers, sensors and automatic identification systems through the same distributors.

Barber-Colman, based in Loves Park, Ill., and Balluff Inc. of Florence, Ky., announced the agreement Jan. 1. The deal includes Barber-Colman distributors around the world.

Balluff will provide factory training to Barber-Colman's sales force through this year.

``This alliance expands and rounds out our product line,'' Bart Polizotto, Barber-Colman product line manager for automation systems products, said in a news release.

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