Manufacturing industry round-up of recent appointments
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Manufacturing industry round-up of recent appointments

The latest appointments, hires, and promotions at TRUMPF, EMUGE-FRANKEN NA, MC Machinery, Westfall Technik, and LNS America.


Heidi-Melanie Maier, Christine Benz promoted at TRUMPF

Heidi-Melanie Maier 

Heidi-Melanie Maier has been named national service director for standard machines within the TRUMPF Service Department. In this role, Maier will report to Annette Doyle, vice president of technical service for TRUMPF in North America.

Maier began her career with TRUMPF in 2001 at the company headquarters in Ditzingen, Germany in the media relations and communications department. During her tenure there, she held various leadership roles working closely with her colleagues in product management areas. Prior to her move to TRUMPF Inc, Maier held the position of head of corporate communications from 2011-2017. In 2018 Maier assumed the role of director of sales and marketing for TruServices and Smart Services at TRUMPF Inc. in North America.

In her new role, Maier will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the service team for standard machine tool products throughout North America. She will also apply her strategic expertise to further advance TRUMPF’s service organization and customer support.

Christine Benz

Christine Benz has been named head of TruServices and Smart Services at TRUMPF Inc. In this role, Benz will report to Burke Doar, senior vice president of sales and marketing for TRUMPF Inc.

Benz joined TRUMPF Inc. in 2003 in the laser development department. Following her time as a laser development engineer, she held two roles from 2007-2013 in the customer services department, one of which was manager of project engineering. In her most recent role, Benz acted as training and development manager where she was responsible for technical training and employee development. Here she oversaw all aspects of TRUMPF Inc.’s Regional Training Center and led a team that provided customers and employees throughout North America with technical trainings, leadership programs, employee learning and development curricula, and workforce development strategies.

In her new role, Benz will provide her technical knowledge and management expertise to further develop plans which aim to optimize the use of TRUMPF’s proactive aftersales technology and solution-oriented services for customers throughout North America. 

Scott Lowe to national sales manager at EMUGE-FRANKEN

Scott Lowe

EMUGE-FRANKEN N.A., a leading manufacturer of high-performance taps, thread mills, drills, end mills, clamping devices and other rotary tools, has announced the promotion of Scott Lowe to national sales manager for the U.S. and Canada. In his new position, Lowe is responsible for leading the EMUGE-FRANKEN N.A. sales organization to further strengthen support for customers and distributor partners, as well as grow market share. Prior to his promotion, Lowe was the EMUGE-FRANKEN N.A. national accounts manager for the U.S. and Canada for approximately two years.

“I am very pleased to announce Scott’s promotion to National Sales Manager, which will provide strong leadership to our sales organization,” says Bob Hellinger, president, EMUGE-FRANKEN N.A. “Scott has well over two decades of combined sales management experience and cutting tool technical skills which make him an ideal choice for this position.”

“I am excited to take on this new role at EMUGE-FRANKEN N.A. at a pivotal time, when in addition to continuing to advance our core tapping and thread milling products, we are aggressively expanding our milling tool portfolio including the manufacture of end mills in the U.S.,” Lowe says. “By leading a strong, technically proficient sales team that works closely with end users and distributors, I look forward to continuing the legacy of EMUGE-FRANKEN’s excellent reputation for the highest quality cutting tools and customer support.”

Charlie Bible joins MC Machinery; Aaron Neefe promoted

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Charlie Bible

CNC machinery sales veteran Charlie Bible has joined MC Machinery as a regional sales representative for lasers, automation equipment and press brakes.

Based in Seabrook, Tex., Bible covers southern and western Texas and New Mexico.

A Long Island, N.Y. native, Bible served in the U.S. Air Force before beginning a three-decade career in CNC machinery sales.

“Charlie’s extensive background in fabrication equipment is a huge asset to our laser and press brake customers in Texas and New Mexico,” says MC Machinery North American Sales Manager for Fabrication Shane Herendeen. “He understands the manufacturing industry and its challenges, while also having the knowledge and insight to offer valuable solutions.”

Bible can be reached at

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Aaron Neefe

Aaron Neefe has been promoted to laser and press brakes applications engineer at MC Machinery’s Southeast Technology Center in Concord, N.C. Neefe has been a press brake, automatic tool changer and field service technician at the MC Machinery Elk Grove Village, Illinois, headquarters since early 2019.

“We have been very impressed with Aaron’s work ethic, attention to detail, communication skills and his ability to find creative solutions to help customers,” says Shane Herendeen, MC Machinery’s North American sales manager for fabrication. “With his extensive background in forming and press brakes, our applications team is excited to have him start demonstrating our equipment in the Southeast Technology Center.”

The MC Machinery Southeast Technology Center opened in December 2020, featuring a 13,500ft2 showroom and areas for training and demos. 


Westfall Technik names Mark Gomulka CEO

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Mark Gomulka

The Board of Westfall Technik and Brian Jones, the company’s founder, are pleased to announce that Mark Gomulka has assumed the position of CEO of Westfall Technik.

Jones, who started Westfall with a vision to create a vertically integrated advanced plastics company, has worked closely with Gomulka for years at Nypro and at Flex. Gomulka joined Westfall as senior vice president in January 2020. Together, the Westfall leadership team has launched or acquired 18 companies in less than four years. Westfall enjoys a leading roster of medical and CPG customers, high-performing operators, and a world-class sales team.

“I trust Mark to lead Westfall as CEO,” Jones says. “I’ve seen executives grow up in the plastics industry for a long time, and Mark knows better than anyone how to execute the integrated vision for Westfall. We’ve worked together closely for many years, and Mark has done a masterful job maturing the Westfall organization.”

Gomulka has risen rapidly at Westfall, after leading Flex’s medical and precision plastics operations for the prior five years. Previously, he spent 15 years at Nypro in various global operational and leadership roles. 

LNS North America names bar feeder product manager, senior bar feeder product specialist

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Will Dickey

Will Dickey has joined LNS North America as national product manager for bar feeder systems. In this role Dickey will oversee all bar feeder product development, product launches, applications assistance, and customer support.

Related experiences include management roles in business integration, account services, production, and Lean manufacturing. Dickey holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Lynchburg College and an MBA in International Business from Xavier University, Cincinnati.

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Kirby Gehrum

Kirby Gehrum, a 20-year member of the LNS North America team, is now senior bar feeder product specialist. In his new role, Gehrum will quote and manage special bar feeder projects and applications, supply technical production assistance, and provide support to the National Product Manager.

LNS designs, manufactures, sells and supports bar feeders, chip conveyors, work support devices, Chipblaster coolant management, and air filtration systems worldwide. To learn more call: 513-528-5674, email:, or visit