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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – MCTD, Inc., a Michigan City designer and manufacturer of custom machinery, tooling and fixtures has acquired Quality Industrial Services of LaPorte, according to a joint announcement from MCTD President Timothy J. Johnson and Richard Weller, owner of QIS.

Details of the acquisition were not revealed, but Johnson and Weller said all three employees at QIS retained their jobs and will work from MCTD’s 10,600-square-foot facility in the Winski Industrial Park on Michigan City’s west side.

Weller has been retained as a consultant, said Johnson.

“This has been in the works since the summer,” said Johnson. “The two companies have had a working relationship since probably the mid 1980s, and over the last four or five years I reached out to Rick.”

Weller, who said that while he officially is retired, plans to be a part of the business. Johnson said Weller’s expertise in automated control systems and machine designs are important to the operation.

 “We both do special machines,” said Johnson. “The difference is we’re a machine shop and design and build special machines and they’re an integrator that builds interfaces for production lines.”

Johnson and Weller call the acquisition a good fit for both operations. “Less than 10 percent of my customers were his customers. We’re very hopeful that this synergy of our two skill sets coming together will help both companies.”

MCTD is a component of a holding company called TMAK, Inc. which was set up by Johnson. He said QIS will be operated as a division of TMAK, Inc.

Weller said the timing for QIS to become a part of MCTD was right. “We were four people in 5,000 square feet and we had far too much overhead,” said Weller. “Tim has some space over there and thought it was time.”

Weller added that both companies worked closely together on projects and were comfortable with each other. “We build our machines over there and at times, three of the four of us would be working over there. It makes sense to go under one roof.”

Weller says he’s thrilled his employees can continue doing what they’ve been doing, and Johnson said he’s pleased because he’s picking up decades of knowledge and expertise.


MCTD was founded in 1983 as Michigan City Tool & Die Inc. The name was changed to MCTD in 2000 and now stands for Machines, Controls, Tooling and Design. It is a special machine builder that supplies both mechanical and electronic controls systems to customers.

Quality Industrial Services is a 26-year-old company that designs and builds process control and production line machinery for the food processing, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, shipping and aeronautical industries. It also updates and repairs existing control systems.

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