GWS Tool Group Announces Application Specialist Michael Keener

April 1, 2021 – Michael Keener has filled a position of Application Specialist through GWS Tool Group.

Michael has been specializing in the automotive sector for CJT Koolcarb for 17 years both in engineering special tool designs and implementation of new manufacturing lines at the U.S. big three automotive manufacturers. Along with his experience working with the automotive customers, Michael has been resolving many types of tooling issues at the spindle around the US and Mexico.

In this new role with us, Michael will be responsible for supporting GWS distributors and key metalworking customers in the application of GWS high-performance cutting tool solutions. Cutting tools from GWS include both standard and purpose-built tooling, such as end mills, form tools, step tools, drills, reamers, taps, PCD tipped tooling along with countless variations of special turning inserts.

Michael started his 31-year career in the metal working industry as an apprentice at a tier one machine shop who supplied various parts to the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment. Over this 7-year period, his knowledge learned during this time proves to be an asset when working with cutting tools and understanding how to get them to perform to their best performance. Michael was then acquired by a local Ohio cutting tool distributor in their sales/application department where he worked with mostly customers who were producing high volume of various machined parts. After 8 years with this distributor, Michael was then brought into CJT Koolcarb to continue working with customers in a sales/application position. Now as a part of the GWS Tool Group, Michael is ready to apply his expertise in helping to offer the best solutions and perfect cutting tools to his customers.

“Michael’s extensive metalworking and manufacturing line experience is an ideal fit for our organization,” said John Kiiffner, Director of Sales – Northeast. “His special tool design engineering background combined with his vast automotive experience will immediately add value to our customers.”

For GWS, Michael will be responsible for business development and application support for our channel partners and end users in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

Michael’s Contact Information:

(330) 858-3652

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