To fortify its standing in the custom cutting tool industry, GWS is set to emerge as an autonomous division, branching out from Walter Tools, within the Sandvik Group. With fresh leadership spearheaded by a new President, our focus remains steadfast on expanding our reach in both custom and standard tooling sectors across North America.

Tavares, FL December 8, 2023 – In a strategic move to enhance its market position in custom cutting tools, GWS Tool Group is excited to announce its evolution into a distinct division within the Sandvik Machining Solutions (SMS) family, effective January 1, 2024. This milestone is marked by the appointment of Sean Holt as the new President of GWS, heralding a fresh chapter in the company’s storied history. Under the new structure, GWS will operate autonomously, maintaining its unique brand identity and expertise in custom and standard cutting tools, while leveraging the collective strengths and resources of the SMS network.

The North American market for custom cutting tools is poised for robust growth, driven by burgeoning demands in critical sectors such as aerospace, automotive, and medical industries. Custom tools are increasingly sought after for their role in enhancing productivity, particularly in response to the rising complexity of workpieces. GWS, with its heritage of innovation and customer-centric approach, is well-positioned to capitalize on these emerging opportunities.

Sean Holt, stepping into his new role from his previous position as General Manager for Sales Area Americas at Sandvik Coromant, brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of leadership. He is ideally suited to steer GWS through this exciting phase of expansion and innovation. As GWS Tool Group forges ahead into 2024, it remains dedicated to delivering cutting-edge solutions and unparalleled service to its customers, propelled by a vision to redefine the cutting tool industry.

About GWS Tool Group

At the forefront of innovation, GWS Tool Group stands as a premier North American manufacturer, specializing in the design and production of highly engineered, custom, and modified standard cutting tools. Our expertise is prominently showcased across key industries, including aerospace and defense, power generation, automotive, and medical sectors. With a robust network of facilities strategically positioned across the USA and Canada, we ensure unparalleled access and service to our diverse client base. Our corporate headquarters are located in Tavares, Florida.

Our commitment to vertical integration not only enhances our capability to deliver custom solutions but also ensures the highest standards of quality and efficiency in every product we craft. At GWS Tool Group, we don’t just create tools; we forge partnerships in progress, driving innovation and precision in every sector we serve. For more information, please visit or contact Adam Lafferty, EVP of Sales for GWS Tool Group at 877.497.8665.