French® Announces New French & TMP Sales Structure; TMP Name Change

Piqua, Ohio (March 15, 2011) - The French Oil Mill Machinery Company announced today a new sales structure for its hydraulic press groups, including the name change of TMP to TMP Inc., A Division of French to clarify their ownership structure.

This reorganization, effective March 15, simplifies how the companies take their products to market, moving from brand-specific sales teams to consolidated sales responsibilities within clearly segmented markets. These changes allow French & TMP to better support their customers by leveraging their product designs within their respective markets and to strengthen their position as the technology and quality leader.

In the new structure, French adds TMP lamination presses to their product assortment and will continue to market French hydraulic presses to the compaction and friction markets. TMP will concentrate their sales efforts on their line of intensive mixers and hydraulic presses for the composite and laboratory markets. Both French & TMP will sell to the rubber markets with French dedicating sales efforts to their existing customers while TMP serves existing and new customers.

Announcing the new structure, Daniel P. French, Chairman and President of French said, "Since acquiring TMP in 2009, we have been able to better analyze our customers needs throughout the various markets we serve. Launching this new sales structure is an important step in allowing our sales and engineering teams to focus on the specialized needs of our customers so we can best serve them."

French & TMP Sales Structure

Douglas Smith, French Sales Engineer, is responsible for partnering with customers on sales and product management of hydraulic presses for the compaction, friction, lamination and rubber markets. Following his graduation from The University of Akron, Smith started with Van Dorn Demag, an injection molding press manufacturer, as a Design Engineer and then a Senior Project Engineer. He then served as Business Development Manager at A.W. Chesterton, a company manufacturing hydraulic packing, before joining French in 2001. Smith is based in French's Piqua headquarters.

Dave Sledz, TMP Vice President, is responsible for sales and product management of rubber mixers and hydraulic presses for the composite, laboratory and rubber markets. A graduate of The University of Akron, Sledz gained experience as a Sales Manager at Erie Engine & Manufacturing Company before coming to TMP in 1985. He was promoted to Vice President four years later, in 1989. Sledz is based out of TMP's Cleveland office.

For more information about French & TMP hydraulic presses and rubber mixers, visit these web sites: or

About French

The French Oil Mill Machinery Co. has been the industry technology and quality leader since 1900, serving customers in over 80 countries. The family-owned, ISO-certified company continues to design and manufacture a wide assortment of custom stand-alone hydraulic presses and complete turnkey systems. Press tonnages generally range from 30 to 2000 tons and designs vary from up-acting, down-acting, column and sideplate construction for compression, transfer or vacuum molding. French's hydraulic presses are well known for their rugged construction, long life, very low deflection, outstanding customer payback as well as their industry-leading three-year warranty. French also provides rebuild, retrofit and productivity enhancement solutions for used presses. Most press components are manufactured in their 225,000-square foot facility in Piqua, Ohio.

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