Mazak Announces Changes to Distribution Network

The company will merge a former distributor’s resources into its own.

News Item From: 2/24/2014 Modern Machine Shop

Mazak (Florence, Ky.) will broaden its sales, service and applications support in Northern Texas following the retirement of Bernie Lopez, president of InterTech Machine Tool Sales, Mazak’s long-time distributor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Mazak plans to merge InterTech’s teams with its own, with the distributor’s account managers becoming Mazak employees. The result will be a unified sales and marketing organization that is expected to expand Mazak’s presence in the area, the company says. A new facility will be developed in the area to provide sales, service and application support.

Additionally, Mazak’s distributor in Georgia, Premier Engineering, will transition the leadership of its Lawrenceville location to Tim Kramer. Mr. Kramer previously served as sales manager for Premier, and recently purchased the business from owner John Grabenau. According to Mr. Kramer, Premier will operator as an independent distributor in Georgia with the same team. He has plans to expand the company’s service and support initiatives in the area, targeting an influx of aerospace companies, in particular.

In other news, Mazak distributor Northwest Machine will host a grand opening of its new 22,600-square-foot headquarters in Rogers, Minn., April 30 to May 1. The event will feature tours, machining system demonstrations and technical seminars as well as a special student day on April 29 to kick off the event. Northwest Machine serves Mazak customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin.

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