Gerry Wolfe, a very good engineer, ultimately became the Plant Manager of our Simcoe Plant. Much later, he left the company for new challenges in magnet wire. I'm sure he is long retired now.
No this is not equipment by Fred Kraft. J.A. Kraft was a family owned company in Northern Germany which manufactured high quality machine products. A necessity I am told for consistently producing quality transposed rectangular wire for medium and large transformer manufacture. The company no longer exists under that name but it was bought by Continuus-Properzi in 1999.
Here is a quotation from the Continuus-Properzi web site:
"In 1999, CONTINNUS-PROPERZI gave birth to an internal Wire Machinery Division (WMD), which gathered the logo and know-how of Readaelli Meccanica with its three divisions : R.T.M. Redaelli Tecna Meccanica (Italy), O.T.T. (France), and J.A. Kraft (German), which provides customers with a wide range of machines of plants and production of nonferrous cables, CTC transformer conductors (transposed flat wires), steel wire ropes, PC products, full range of drawing machines, high carbon steel wires and cables, special stranders for flat copper wires, and ancillaries."