The purchase should expand Sunnen’s honing business by adding tooling for initial hole creation and other complementary bore sizing and finishing processes. The company will retain the BTA Heller name as a wholly owned subsidiary. The companies plan to work out new packages of complete bore-creation and finishing solutions.
“Our companies complement each other very well and BTA Heller’s reputation in the industry for deep-hole drilling expertise is unsurpassed,” says Sunnen President and CEO Chris Miltenberger. “The transfer of knowledge between the two companies will create a unique value proposition for our customers.”
BTA Heller started in 1952 in Troy, Michigan, as American Heller. In 2007, the company name changed to BTA Heller, and it has continued to produce unique tooling and processes for gun drilling, single tube, BTA, and double tube/ejector drilling systems.
“We have developed various tools and systems for creating intricate internal profiled deep hole drilling from 0.5” to 36” diameters,” says BTA Heller President and CEO Mark Sollich. “To combine forces with Sunnen and its bore geometry expertise creates a company not found anywhere else in our industry.”
Sollich will continue at the helm of BTA Heller after the acquisition.