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Industry News
 Jergens Inc. Appoints Jo- seph Farkas as National Sales Manager for Work-
holding Solutions Group
Jergens brings on Joseph Farkas as national sales manager for its workholding solutions group as Ken Marvar looks to retire in April. Mr. Farkas comes to Jergens with more than 20 years of experience in sales de- velopment and management, as well as market channel strategies, for compa- nies including The Timken Company, Fuchs, Sandvik and Kennametal.
“Joe has proven himself in his ca- reer with impressive results for some of industry’s top suppliers and I am confident that he will also do a great job and take WSG to the next level “, says Ken Marvar. Mr. Farkas timing coincides with key developments at the company. “Jergens workholding group has momentum in the market with recent advancements in top tool- ing and custom solutions focused on 5 axis machining productivity, and we have a lot of confidence that Joe can support those technologies at the cus- tomer level and throughout our stra- tegic partnerships”, commented Matt Schron, Jergens Inc general manager.
“I am grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to both the chal- lenges and accomplishments to come”, says Mr. Farkas. A proponent of strong business practices, Joe is Six Sigma trained and has a strong background in
business planning, P&L performance, sales and customer service metrics, and technical training. Mr. Farkas’ holds an associate degree in mechanical engineering from Stark State College, has a bachelor’s in business manage- ment from Malone University, and an MBA from Ashland University. He lives in the Akron OH area with his wife Mandy and daughter Savannah.
Verisurf Software, Inc.
Names Nick Merrell as
Executive Vice President
Verisurf Software, Inc. announces Nick Merrell to serve as executive vice president, effective immediately. Nick will continue to lead the technical support team, as he has since joining Verisurf in 2015, with added respon- sibilities that include driving corpo- rate vision and managing continuous improvement of Verisurf processes, products, and people.
“As our technical operations man- ager for the past six years, Nick has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, management, organization, and com- munication skills. He is technically savvy and knows our software, the manufacturing markets we serve, and industrial processes and requirements extremely well,” said Ernie Husted, president, and CEO, of Verisurf Soft-
ware, Inc.
Verisurf Software continues the
advancement of its measurement so- lutions and services based heavily on direct interaction and feedback from its users. This approach has served Veri- surf well for more than 25 years and continues to influence strategy and key management decisions today. “Nick has championed this ‘customer first’ commitment repeatedly, effectively working with all columns of Verisurf’s operations and departments. We look forward to his continuing contributions to the organization and our customers,” added Husted.
ARCH® Cutting Tools
Corp. Acquires North
American Carbide
ARCH® Cutting Tools Corp., an ARCH Global Precision Company (ARCH), announced the acquisition of North American Carbide (NAC), of Orchard Park, New York. North Ameri- can Carbide brings a strong reputation, developed over more than 40 years, of providing highly engineered cutting solutions.
“I am extremely proud to have the North American Carbide team join the ARCH family,” said Jeff Cederstrom, division president – ARCH Cutting Tools. “ARCH Cutting Tools has enjoyed a strong working relation- ship with North American Carbide for many years. Passion for solving customers’ most challenging cutting tool applications, dedication to quality and an unyielding entrepreneurial spirit make this a strong cultural fit within the ARCH platform. North American Car- bide’s custom insert capabilities adds a strategic dimension to the ARCH offering and takes ARCH’s engineered cutting tool solutions to a new level for our customers.”
Bob Gralke, CEO of North Ameri- can Carbide, said, “What an exciting
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