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GMTA Names Dan Thomas New Project Manager

Dan Thomas, GMTA Project ManagerAnn Arbor, Michigan – German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) today announces the appointment of Dan Thomas as Project Manager for this major supplier of various machine tools, lasers and parts washers to the North American automotive, off-highway, heavy equipment and other power transmission markets.

GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy comments, “We welcome Dan to our team. His role will be a vital part of our ongoing efforts to be more customer-centric, as we expand our machine offerings, penetrate new markets and expand existing ones.”

Thomas will be responsible for the end-to-end coordination of the project flow at GMTA, from initial contact through commissioning of machines and systems onsite.

GMTA is a major supplier of machining centers, integrated laser-based work cells, fully-automated parts washing lines and related tooling, focusing primarily on gear, spline and other power transmission components.

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For more information, please contact:

4630 Freedom Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-973-7800
Fax: 734-973-3053
Web: www.gmtamerica.com
Email: scott@gmtamerica.com
Attention: Scott Knoy, VP


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Rep Names New National Sales Director

Responding to growth in sales and expanded market opportunities, industry leader in rubber injection presses adds to staff 

Derek Williams National Sales Director REP Corporation

Derek Williams
National Sales Director
REP Corporation

Bartlett, IL – REP Corporation announces the appointment of Derek Williams to the new position of National Sales Director, effective immediately.   This move represents a return of Mr. Williams to the REP team, where he previously served as a Regional Sales Manager.

Commenting on the appointment, REP Corporation President Tim Graham observed,

“We welcome Derek back to REP. He brings us over 20 years in the rubber industry and his market knowledge is backed by very strong technical machine and material processing know-how. His new role at REP will bring us additional strength in project management and best practices. Current and future customers will benefit from Derek’s hands-on experience plus his knowledge of our company’s leading edge press technologies.”

For more information on this announcement, please contact:
REP Corporation, 8N740 Tameling Court, Bartlett, IL 60103-8146. Phone: 847-697-7210. Fax: 847-697-6829. Web: www.repinjection.com.  Email: tgraham@repcorp.com. Attention: Tim Graham, President.

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Rattunde Adds New Staff

Major manufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery Rattunde today announced the appointment of the following individuals to new positions at the company, based in Caledonia, Michigan, near Grand Rapids. This announcement was made by company president Rick Stadler.

The new staffers include:

ChadL_1Chad Luptowski- Control System Technician   

Chad has been a member of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) for 10 years and is also a Certified Master Electrician. Chad will be training new and current customers as well as commissioning new machines in the field. His other duties will include handling the customer help line and assisting the service team.

JanelleC_1Janelle Crum- Project Coordinator

Janelle was brought onboard to fill a wide spectrum of duties. She will be responsible for pre- and post-sales communications between customers and internal resources, plus the planning and scheduling of machine installations. Janelle was an executive assistant for the past 3 years and has spent time in both inside and outside sales.

WilliamR_1Will Richards- Associate of Business Development

Will was hired by Rattunde to handle multiple functions. His primary duty will be to help maintain the Rattunde customer relationships that have been generated over the last 8 years in North America. A further reason he was hired is to help with market research, assisting Rattunde in its expansion into new markets. A third area of responsibility will be marketing. Will has a sales background, having worked the last 9 years in the automotive industry, selling components.

CarlosG_1Carlos Galan- Order Fulfillment Agent

Carlos, who is fluent in Spanish, was hired for inside sales to support the Mexican and Latin American markets Rattunde currently sells and seeks to develop further. Carlos is responsible for quoting and fulfilling tooling and spare part orders for all North American customers, with special emphasis on the Mexican and Latin American companies. Carlos was previously in logistics.


For more information on this development, please contact:

4980 Kendrick Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
Phone:  616-940-3340
Fax:  616-940-2771
Web:  www.rattunde-corp.com
Email:  company@rattunde-corp.com
Attention:  Richard Stadler or Alec Banish

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Joe Luy

Gear manufacturer on the grow, says President Wendy Young

Paul Lindquist

Roscoe, IL-Forest City Gear (FCG), a precision gear manufacturer here, today announces the hiring of four new employees and the promotion of two longtime employees.  “We’ve been growing steadily in the last two years, despite the economic conditions, and this news reflects that situation,” comments company President Wendy Young, who runs the business alongside her husband, CEO Fred Young.

Effective immediately, the following new individuals have been retained in the roles indicated:

Joe Luy-Quality Manager
Bruce Haxton-Gear Processing Engineer
Paul Lindquist-Process Engineer
Jim Cagle-Cost Estimator

Andrea Bagwell

Also, these longtime employees have been promoted:

Krista King

Krista King-Order Processing
Andrea Bagwell-Estimating/Quoting Assistant

Briefly, Joe’s role will be the supervision of the company’s quality lab, acknowledged as one of the finest metrology centers in the gear industry.  Over a third of Forest City Gear’s current customers are other gear companies around the world, who bring FCG work they cannot do themselves, either on tolerance or consistency.  Joe will also manage the company’s ISO and ITAR registered programs, the latter having been secured this past March.

Bruce will be responsible for the transitions from design to manufacturing protocols at FCG.  He brings an impressive background in gearmaking to the task.

Paul oversees the utilization of the companies 80+ machine tools to streamline production workflow through the shop, again considered one of the world’s leading gearmaking facilities.

Jim Cagle

Jim will help keep pace with the hundreds of RFQ’s received each week at FCG, a daunting task, to say the least.

Bruce Haxton

Krista moves into an expanded role in purchasing, working with numerous vendors and the strict guidelines of the many government, aerospace and defense contractors served by FCG.  Her primary role will be processing purchase orders for the company.

Andrea will be responsible for the preparation of quotes, serving the now larger department of inside sales engineers and others, including Fred Young, who continues in his longtime role of reviewing and estimating particularly challenging gearmaking jobs at the company.

The company recently celebrated its 55th anniversary.  Forest City Gear was founded in 1955 by Fred Young’s parents, Stetler and Evelyn Young, in Rockford, Illinois, near the company’s current facility in Roscoe, approximately 90 miles northwest of Chicago.

For more information on the company, please contact:

FOREST CITY GEAR CO., INC. 11715 Main Street Roscoe, IL 61073-0080 Phone:  815-623-2168 Fax:  815-623-6620 Web:  www.forestcitygear.com Email:  sales@forestcitygear.com

Attention:  Wendy Young or Fred Young

PR agency contact for Forest City Gear:
Tim Daro
Bernard & Company

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