LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Mar. 15, 2017 – GF Machining Solutions has appointed two new regional managers in the Western Region to support growing sales of the company’s machines, automation solutions and services, especially for the tool and mold making industries, in that area. Stephan Haight and Matthew Wicks fill the critical roles for milling and Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) solutions, respectively.
Based in the greater San Diego area, Haight joins GF Machining Solutions with more than 16 years of sales, engineering and management experience in industrial and metalcutting manufacturing. In his new position, he is responsible for sales support for GF Machining Solutions’ 5-axis and high speed milling solutions. This includes direct support of the company’s existing customers as well as assisting the company’s distributor network to develop milling solutions to meet customer needs and cultivate new business opportunities.
Prior to joining GF Machining Solutions, Haight served as a manager of key accounts with Ellison Technologies. His career also includes sales positions with Gosiger West and Autosplice. Haight earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University.
Wicks is based in Long Beach, Calif., and provides sales and service support for GF Machining Solutions’ EDM technologies to the company’s distributors – Ellison Technologies and Hartwig, Inc. His focus is to ensure the distributors and their customers in the aerospace, energy, automotive, medical, ICT, oil/gas and other industries receive top-notch technical training, applications engineering support and assistance with turnkey solutions.
Wicks joined GF Machining Solutions in 2011 as an application engineer. His career also includes 20 years as a silicon injection mold maker and several years as a service technician for a leading manufacturer of metalcutting industrial saws.
“We made these strategic personnel moves because we are raising the bar in terms of technology, service and support we provide our clients,” explained Don McMillan, director of sales for GF Machining Solutions. “Both Stephan and Matt have a great deal of experience and are well-equipped to help strengthen our presence and capacity in the Western part of the United States, where demand is rapidly growing.”
About GF Machining Solutions
GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, 3D laser surface texturing machines, additive machines and micro-machining equipment to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3,008 employees generated sales of CHF 905 million in 2014. More information can be found at www.gfms.com/us.