RUSSELLS POINT, OH - West Ohio Tool named Scott Ries as Vice President of Operations beginning September 1, 2015. West Ohio Tool is a producer of both carbide and PCD round tools. The company has been in business since 1989 and producing PCD tools since 2003.
Ries will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the operation and facilitating the continued growth of the organization. Ries holds multiple patents related to PCD materials and applications. He received his Green Belt certification while leading a project that result in over $1.5 million in savings at a customer facility.
He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to the PCD industry. Prior to joining West Ohio Tool, Ries was responsible for supporting and growing the North American PCD market for Vollmer of America for eight years.
During this time he was a frequent speaker at various conferences and seminars and published tips and insights into the use and applications of these superabrasive materials. In addition, Ries was involved with the Industrial Diamond Association as a board member and with the United States Cutting Tool Institute. His involvement in these organizations will continue and he is currently a member of the Education Committees of both organizations.
Before joining Vollmer, Ries worked for almost 30 years at GE Superabrasives and Diamond Innovation, now part of Sandvik Hyperion where he held technical and managerial roles related to the manufacturing and engineering of PCD/PCBN materials. In his last role, he was responsible for all global production and engineering of these materials with 41 direct reports, conducting 7 kaizen events which resulted in increases in throughput and machine up time.
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