New DMT diamond stone features exclusive magnetic base
DMT is introducing a new innovation in the name of two-stage sharpening: the new Double-Sided Dia-Sharp MagnaBase System, a large, two-sided continuous diamond sharpening stone with an exclusive magnetic base.
The stone enables longer and more consistent sharpening strokes, and the base affords stability and quick and easy grit changes.
“The Magna Base System was designed with quite a bit of customer input,” said DMT president Mark Brandon. “Sales of our Dia-Sharp bench stones have had strong growth, and we received many requests for a stone and base combination similar to our very successful DuoSharp line. We think this product is the answer to those requests.”
The MagnaBase System is available in two different grit combinations: Coarse/Extra-Coarse (45 micron/60 micron) and Extra-Fine/Fine (9 micron/25 micron).
The stone measures 12 by 3 inches, which makes for a full 72 square inches of sharpening surface.
Former Sears exec heads to Knipex Tools
Former Sears executive Stephanie Kaleta has been tapped by Knipex Tools LP to serve as key account sales manager.
Kaleta’s new role will involve directing sales and marketing plans for key accounts in the company’s retail and industrial channels.
“We are pleased for Stephanie to join Knipex Tools in this very important sales position," said VP sales Todd Shumate. "As we continue to increase our staff to support our customer base, it is a great opportunity for Knipex Tools to be able to bring aboard someone with Stephanie’s talents and qualifications."
Previously, Kaleta was the senior buyer for hand tools and electrical for Sears Holdings Corp. There, she was tasked with driving sales and margins for Sears and Kmart on a national level, with a particular focus on the pliers category. She also partnered with suppliers like Knipex and Craftsman during her time at Sears.
She has a total of over 20 years of retail experience, ranging from retail store management to inventory management, buying and merchandising.
Smith-Midland hires a VP operations
Smith-Midland Corporation, a Midland, Va.-based concrete products supplier, has recruited Mark Loscudo as its newest VP operations.
In his new role, Loscudo will play an important operative role in furthering the company’s lean manufacturing initiatives.
"Smith-Midland has begun its lean journey based upon the success of the Toyota Production System," says Smith-Midland president Ashley Smith. "The reason for becoming lean is to benefit our clients by providing the highest quality products and services at the lowest cost and in the shortest time and safest manner."
Loscudo has a history of leading lean transformation efforts at various companies, and he also taught lean principles as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and University of Tennessee. He served as division and plant manager for Faurecia Exhaust, where he spearheaded reductions in operating costs and improvements in quality and on-time delivery. Most recently, he took part in the transformation of printing and packaging systems manufacturer Steinhauser, Inc.
"Mark comes to us," says Mr. Smith, "with experience serving as a Shingo examiner with the Shingo Institute, reviewing the efforts of lean manufacturing organizations across North America. We are excited to put this expertise in recognizing successful practices together with his skill in implementing lean principles in order to drive our manufacturing and profitability to world class standards."