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Congratulations to the 2020 AKS Dealer Award Winners

Each year, AKS is proud to recognize our top dealers with four annual awards: Dealer of the Year, Most Improved Dealer, and two Outstanding Performance awards. This year’s recipients are as follows:

Each of these organizations have gone above and beyond in a very trying year, proving themselves worthy of these acknowledgements.

AKS 2020 Dealer Award: Most Improved Dealer

Zimmerman McDonald Machinery, Inc. is a fabrication and manufacturing equipment dealer based in St. Louis, MO. Founded in 1887, Zimmerman has been a strong regional supplier for more than 130 years. Covering Missouri, Kansas, southern Illinois and other surrounding areas, the company is now led by Brad Zimmerman, third-generation family owner and President.

Zimmerman began representing AKS Cutting Systems in 2017 and has improved year over year, with 2020 being their best year, qualifying for AKS annual Most Improved Dealer award. In addition to AKS Cutting Systems, Zimmerman also represents HK lasers, Baykal pressbrakes, Omax waterjets, Hyd-Mech saws and many other brands. Zimmerman has a strong family heritage and their customers appreciate the company’s family values and integrity in equipment sales, service and parts.

Pictured: Brad Zimmerman, President of Zimmerman McDonald Machinery, receiving AKS 2020 Most Improved Dealer award from Mike Burns, AKS Director of Sales and Marketing.

AKS 2020 Dealer Award: Outstanding Performance

Greenway & Associates, Inc., a new and pre-owned industrial manufacturing equipment dealer based in Orange City, IA, is a third-generation, family-owned company founded in 1977. Greenway is a longtime dealer for AKS Cutting Systems, selling their first AKS plasma table in 1990. For the past 31 years, Greenway and AKS Cutting Systems have partnered to sell and service AKS tables to their local Midwest customer base.

Greenway represents new and used equipment lines for both the “chip” market and the “fab” market, including brands like AKS Cutting Systems, Milltronics, Hyd-Mech, Piranha, Clausing, HK Laser, Haco and others. In addition to their headquarters in Iowa, Greenway recently opened a new office and showroom in Albert Lea, MN, to enable their sales and service teams to better serve their northern customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Pictured: Shown from left: Jamie Koele, Greenway Sales; Clark Groeneweg, Greenway President and Owner; Craig Poolman, Greenway Sales; Walt DeBiasi, AKS Cutting Systems Regional Sales Manager; Mike Burns, AKS Director of Sales and Marketing; Terry Lake, Greenway Sales; Larry Moll, Greenway Sales.

AKS 2020 Dealer Award: Outstanding Performance

Hart Machine Tool, Tuscumbia, AL, is a machinery and equipment dealer for the Southeast U.S. including Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia representing major fabricating brands like Trumpf 2D and 3D fiber lasers, Trumpf bending and forming, Trumpf punching, AKS Cutting Systems plasma and waterjet, Hyd-Mech saws, Scotchman ironworkers and saws, Faccin plate rolls and many more.

Hart has a 25-year history of serving satisfied customers in the South, with experienced sales, service and application support. They are a three-time consecutive award winner of the AKS Annual Outstanding Performance Award (2018-2020).

Pictured: From left to right: Chris Yount, Hart; Mark Spates, Hart; Terry Moore, Hart; Tim Turner, Hart; Walt DeBiasi, AKS Cutting Systems; Mike Burns, AKS Cutting Systems; Joby Alexander, Hart; Patrick Jernigan, Hart; Stewart Waters, Hart; Wes Spencer, Hart. (Missing: Mike Kroll, Hart and Keith Burnside, Hart)

AKS 2020 Dealer Award: Dealer of the Year

Demmler Machinery, Inc. is a distributor of metal fabrication equipment based in Cuddy, PA. Founded in 1861, for over 160 years, Demmler has provided new and used manufacturing equipment to customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Delaware.

Demmler Machinery is owned by Gary Danley and Eric Trax and offers equipment sales and service for many brands including AKS Cutting Systems plasmas and waterjets, MC Machinery – Mitsubishi lasers and pressbrakes, Peddinghaus structural lines, TimeSavers, and Hyd-Mech saws. This is the second time Demmler has won the AKS Dealer of the Year award, previously in 2018. Demmler has also previously won AKS annual Outstanding Performance awards.

Pictured: Derek Allen, Demmler Sales Engineer; Mike Burns, AKS Director of Sales and Marketing; Chris Phillip, AKS Regional Sales Manager; Gary Danley, Demmler President; Eric Trax, Demmler Vice-President; Jason Yarkosky, Demmler Sales Engineer; and Stan Pollack, AKS Regional Sales Manager.

Introducing our new plasma cutting process using 220 Amps of O2/Air, for mild steel, including ProNest and other software enhancements. These updates offer:

• Better cut quality
• Faster cut times
• Maximized consumables life

The three-part update includes:
• XPR Firmware
• Phoenix Controller Software
• ProNest Software

Software updates, new cut charts, and instruction manuals are available on the Hypertherm Xnet.

Or contact AKS Cutting Systems sales or service for installation assistance or more information.

AKS Cutting Systems, a subsidiary of Kiffer Industries, today announced that Greg Mayfield, AKS Service Manager, and 27-year AKS employee, will retire effective June 15, 2020. Mayfield’s duties are re-assigned by the promotion of two current AKS employees: Scott Krankowski as Technical Service Manger and Dustin Weaver as Customer Service Manager.

Greg Mayfield has been with AKS Cutting Systems for 27 years, starting in 1993, originally hired as an electrician. Since then, Greg has accepted increasingly responsible positions, including Senior Service Technician for many years and most of his career, and for the last 3 years, Greg has served as AKS Service Manager.

Greg has been a valuable and loyal partner to thousands of AKS customers. Till his last day, AKS customers will always be thankful for Greg’s capabilities and guidance. Greg’s personal involvement and achievement with so many customers, has put his performance and career on a pedestal, far exceeding most customers’ expectations.

Greg has certainly had a distinguished and fulfilling career. He grew up in a small town near Youngstown, OH, and was the second youngest of eight siblings. Growing up, he liked athletics, and played three sports in high school, including winning an Ohio state high school football championship. He started his professional career in the late 70’s, working first in the steel industry in Lorain, OH, and later in electronics at TMP and Barth Industries, both in Cleveland, OH. He married in 1980 to his wife Karin, and this year will celebrate their 40th anniversary. His son, Chris, was born in 1985, and is continuing Greg’s legacy, as Chris currently also works at AKS Cutting Systems, also as a Service Technician.

Greg’s plans for retirement will definitely include his buddy, 9-year old grandson, Noah. He and Noah love to go fishing together while enjoying his cottage on Catawba Island and relaxing on his boat in Lake Erie. Greg will surely continue to practice his love of doing anything and everything with his hands, building and re-building, and woodworking in his basement. He will faithfully follow his Cleveland sports teams, bleeding orange & brown, while sharing his love for The Ohio State University Buckeye sports teams too.

AKS Cutting Systems (Advanced Kiffer Systems), is the largest subsidiary of Kiffer Industries, and a leading innovator in CNC metal cutting machine tool design, at the forefront of the sheet and plate metal cutting industry for plasma, oxy-fuel, waterjet and fiber laser cutting equipment. For over 100 years, since 1912, the company has a “Tradition in Excellence” manufacturing from its headquarters and factory in Cleveland, OH, in the heart of the traditional US manufacturing industry and conveniently near the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Today, AKS Cutting Systems a 4th generation, family-owned and operated, and “Made-in-the-USA” company with a strong reputation for durability, accuracy and reliability with thousands of installations worldwide.

Congratulations to Demmler Distributors, recipient of the 2019 AKS Outstanding Performance Award.

Thanks to the Demmler team and our AKS sales team for making 2019 another record-setting year!

AKS Cutting Systems recently presented the 2019 AKS Most Improved Dealer & Dealer of the Year Award to C4 Industrial Inc.

Congratulations to everyone at C4 Industrial Inc and the AKS team for all of your hard work!

Thanks to the C4 team and our AKS sales team for making 2019 another record-setting year!


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