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Founder of RotoPrecision dies

Mississauga, ON -- RotoPrecision Inc. would like to acknowledge the passing of Philip B. French on April 12, 2007, ...


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May 4, 2007
By MRO Magazine

Mississauga, ON — RotoPrecision Inc. would like to acknowledge the passing of Philip B. French on April 12, 2007, at the Rosedale Retirement Centre in Brockville, Ont..

As an original founder of RotoPrecision Inc., Philip French was a salesman at heart and a true pioneer within the Canadian bearing and distribution industries. Following his graduation from mechanical engineering at McGill University in 1934, Phil began his career as a sales engineer for SKF (Canada) Ltd. of Toronto.

He covered an extensive sales territory in which he visited virtually every engineering company in Montreal by streetcar and most of the mines, shipyards and mills from Newfoundland to Manitoba by train (long before the days of the company car). He even sold the bearings and rode in Armand Bombardiers first snowmobile back in the 1930s.

In 1958, Philip created Philip French Sales. The enterprise was extremely successful from the outset and expanded quickly to locations across Canada, including Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. In 1980, the company formally changed its name to RotoPrecision Inc. and has continued to grow both nationally and globally through expansion and strategic acquisitions.

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RotoPrecision will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008.

Philip served as president of RotoPrecision for many years, until his retirement in 1972, and then remained as an active advisor. He is predeceased by his wife Marian and survived by his three children, Michael, Susan and Trish.