published Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Chattanooga’s Tennessee Rand bought by Ohio company

Tennessee Rand is located on Moccasin Bend Road.
Tennessee Rand is located on Moccasin Bend Road.
Dan McLaughlin

A large Ohio-based company has agreed to buy Chattanooga automated systems and tooling manufacturer Tennessee Rand Inc.

The buyer, Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio, has 46 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 20 countries.

Tennessee Rand, with headquarters and manufacturing operations in Chattanooga, has annual sales of about $35 million, according to a news release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rand designs and makes robotic systems for welding applications. The company serves a wide base of automotive and metal fabrication customers.

"Tennessee Rand strengthens our already strong position as a market leader in welding automation in North America," said Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln’s chief executive, in a statement. "Tennessee Rand brings extensive tool design, system building, and machining capabilities that will enable Lincoln to further expand its welding automation business.”

Don Peters, president of Tennessee Rand, said Lincoln's market strength and worldwide reach enable his business to expand and support customers with global deployment strategies.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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