Escalade draws new CEO from outside

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Disston Tool Co. President Robert J. Keller has been named president of Escalade Inc., the Evansville-based sporting goods manufacturer.

Keller replaces Terry Frandsen, Escalade’s CFO, who operated as interim CEO since the sudden death April 9 of CEO Daniel Messmer.

Disston, headquartered in Philadelphia, makes saw blades, valve components and other parts.

Keller also has held positions at Coca-Cola Co.

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