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December 14, 2012
08:41 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works outlines 2012-2017 key initiatives
The company's focus of its 2012-2017 Enterprise Strategy is to maximize the company's performance and returns in the context of an increasingly challenging external environment. CEO Scott Santi said, "Our plan focuses the company on generating maximum leverage and impact from ITW's unique and differentiated core capabilities - our 80/20 business model, sustainable differentiation, and our entrepreneurial culture - by deploying these capabilities in ways we believe will maximize their relevance and impact. We will be the same ITW - only more focused, more efficient, and more streamlined in order to continue to generate consistent profit growth and strong returns throughout this plan period and beyond."
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November 17, 2015
15:36 EDTITWAirgas deal potentially negative for Lincoln Electric, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Matthew McConnell Air Liquide's acquisition of Airgas (ARG) opens the possibility that the French company could enter the market for U.S. welding equipment manufacturing, which is currently concentrated with top three players Lincoln Electric (LECO), Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Colfax (CFX). The firm, which assumes that roughly 8% of Lincoln Electric's total sales go through Airgas, said the merger deal is most relevant for Lincoln, but also potentially negative for the other two. The firm keeps Sector Perform ratings on Lincoln, Illinois Tool and Colfax.

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