IRVINE, CA – Laguna Tools Inc. named Stephen Stoppenbrink to the newly created position of chief operating officer.

Laguna Tools Adds Industry Veteran as Chief Operating Officer"We expect Stephen to play an important role in managing the growth of Laguna Tools," said Catherine Helshoj, vice president of Laguna Tools Inc. "During the last few years we have expanded our product line and the business itself. Stephen's addition will enable us to implement operational controls and processes to improve our productivity and help us maintain our current sales trajectory. His great depth of experience in related industries will allow Torben [Helshoj, Laguna Tools president and CEO] and me to focus on areas of our business closest to our own areas of expertise."

Stoppenbrink holds 30 years of industry and management, including sales and marketing, engineering, manufacturing, finance, information technology, human resources, and legal. Most recently, he served as COO for Nu Flow Technologies in San Diego. Previously, Stoppenbrink also held the position of president and CEO of Hyd-Mech Group Ltd., a Woodstock, Ontario, Canada-manufacturer and distributor of machine tools, and vice president of operations for DoAll Industrial Supply, Des Plaines, IL.

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