Altra Holdings Inc. was recently named in Forbes Magazine’s “100 Best Small Public Companies in America”. Altra, headquartered in Braintree, Mass., made the Forbes list for the second consecutive year. With over 3,400 employees located at manufacturing and sales facilities around the world, Altra has forecasted sales of $720 to $730 million in 2012, a 6.7% to 8.9% increase over 2011. The Forbes list includes companies that have outstanding sales and earnings growth. Candidates must have been publicly traded for at least a year with revenues between $5 million and $1 billion. Stock performance versus each company’s peer group was also considered. The list can be viewed at www.forbes.com/best-small-companies. “We have been able to maintain solid gross margins and strong operating income on a year-over-year basis despite some slowing in a variety of end markets and significant foreign exchange headwinds,” said Carl Christenson, President and CEO. “As part of our strategic plan, we completed the acquisition of Lamiflex, a leading Brazilian coupling manufacturer and are currently completing construction of a new manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China (near Shanghai). These accomplishments, along with many other initiatives undertaken in 2012, will allow us to provide a return on investment to our shareholders, an enriching and creative work environment for our associates, and the best value-added electromechanical power transmission solutions to our customers.” Altra products are marketed in more than 70 countries under a variety of well recognized and established manufacturing brand names. These leading brands are Ameridrives, Ameridrives Power Transmission, Bauer Gear Motor, Boston Gear, Warner Electric, Formsprag Clutch, TB Wood’s Inc., Industrial Clutch, Kilian Manufacturing, Marland Clutch, Nuttall Gear, Stieber Clutch, Twiflex Ltd, Huco Dynatork, Bibby Turboflex, Matrix International, Inertia Dynamics, Delroyd Worm Gear, Warner Linear, Lamiflex and Wichita Clutch. The Altra product portfolio features more than 40 product lines including industrial clutches and brakes, enclosed gear drives, open gearing, couplings, machined-race bearings, variable frequency and belted drives, linear actuators, and other related products. Altra customers operate in a diverse group of industries worldwide, including general industrial, material handling, aggregate and mining, automotive, marine, power generation, oil and gas, transportation, and turf and garden.