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Sunnen Products Company Forms Joint Venture with Brasil's Hontech Ltda.

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Sunnen Products Co.
7910 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO, 63143

Press release date: March 25, 2013

U.S.-based honing systems manufacturer and long-time Brasil distributor join forces to create Sunnen do Brasil. Local manufacturing will improve customer service, while reducing lead times and costs.

ST. LOUIS, MO – Sunnen Products Company will add to its base of eight global operations with the formation of a new joint venture with its long-time Brasil distributor, Hontech Ltda. The new company, Sunnen do Brasil, will be located in Sao Bernardo do Campo SP, Brasil, and led by Hontech President Joćo Bahia. Hontech has been the exclusive Brasil distributor of Sunnen honing systems and tooling for nearly 20 years. The new company will manufacture abrasives locally and serve Sunnen's extensive Brasil customer base.

"This joint venture makes an important statement about our commitment to the significant number of customers we already have in Brasil, as well as those customers we hope to acquire," said Mike Haughey, COO, Sunnen Products Company. "This new operation will enhance our competitiveness in the region and reduce lead times on key products. Brasil has been, and will continue to be, one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Sunnen do Brasil will allow us to participate more fully in that growth."

Hontech was formed in 1993 in Sao Bernardo do Campo, and currently has 30 employees and seven sales representatives serving Brasil's job shops and high-production manufacturing market that includes Stihl, Eaton, Mahle, Volkswagen, General Motors, Fiat and Bosch.

Sunnen Products Company is the world's largest vertically integrated manufacturer of honing systems for precision bore sizing and finishing. Core technical competencies include automated and manual bore machining systems, custom system development and integration, abrasives, tooling, lubricants, and gaging.

Sunnen has the largest sales and technical service network of any company in its industry to ensure full global support for its multinational customer base. The company employs more than 600 people worldwide, with offices, manufacturing and tech support facilities throughout Europe, China, the U.K. and U.S.

For additional information on Sunnen tools and abrasives, contact: Sunnen Products Company, 7910 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63143. Tel: 1-800-325-3670; fax: 314-781-2268 or email">

Sunnen U.S. Contact:
Bob Davis
Global Communications Mgr
Sunnen Products Company
Tel: 314.781.2100

Sunnen Brazil Contact:
Joćo Longo Bahia
Tel:  55-11-43684900

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