The pair actually bought a used AKS accu-kut plasma cutting table with the help of the AKS sales team, a move that allowed the Long Beach, Calif.-based custom metals company to rapidly meet the demands of a fast-growing customer base.
In 2021, we awarded three Outstanding Performance awards, as there was a tie. This year’s recipients are as follows:
2021 Dealer of the Year Demmler Machinery, Cuddy, PA
2021 Outstanding Performance Hart Machine Tool, Tuscumbia, AL
2021 Outstanding Performance Fahey Machinery, Lake Oswego, OR
2021 Outstanding Performance C4 Industrial, Tulsa, OK
2021 Most Improved Dealer Millennium Machinery, Rochester, NY
Each of these organizations have gone above and beyond in another challenging year, proving themselves worthy of these acknowledgements.
We are pleased to announce that Dan Diamond has been promoted from Service Technician to Regional Sales Manager at AKS Cutting Systems. The 15-year industry veteran and eight-year AKS team member has a proven track record of reliability, drive, commitment and technical knowledge.
Mike Burns, Director Sales & Marketing, states that “Dan has all the technical capability in the world. He knows the AKS machines inside & out. He also is an expert on cutting applications. Once he gets familiar with the commercial aspects of the new Sales Position, they’ll be no stopping him. We hope he will be as successful in Sales as he was in Service!”
Walt DeBiasi, AKS Cutting Systems Regional Sales Manager has won all three of the company’s sales awards for 2021.
Each year, AKS is proud to recognize its top Regional Sales Managers with three annual awards: Highest Revenue, Highest Percent Over Goal and Highest Margin.
DeBiasi, who has worked at AKS for more than 23 years, took top honors in all three categories. He is now a four-time winner of the Highest Revenue award, having previously earned the honor in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
After purchasing an AKS Cutting Systems tru-kut plasma cutting machine three years ago, the Monroeville, Ind.-based metal fabricating company has seen a five-fold increase in production capacity since moving from a band saw and hand torch to the AKS tru-kut plasma cutting system.
The Self-Cleaning System effectively removes debris from the plasma cutting process and deposits it beneath the table into a refuse drawer, which operators can roll out for easy disposal. This heavy-duty system is an operator’s dream when it comes to maintaining a clean, effective cutting table.
Stan Pollack, Regional Sales Manager, is a 47-year industry veteran who began working at AKS Cutting Systems in 2001.
Prior to joining AKS, he held positions with Rexnord Corp., Acme Cleveland, ACE Automation, Cyclone Industries, and then Kiffer Industries Inc., of which AKS is a subsidiary.
Stan Pollack, who holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English, is a U.S. Army veteran who served as a captain; company commander of the 77th HEMC in Karlsruhe, Germany; and assistant battalion material officer of the 81st Maintenance Battalion in Mannheim, Germany.
The quality of the abrasive has a direct impact on the quality of the cut, which is why AKS waterjet machines are equipped with industrial garnet from GMA Garnet Group, a global leader in the industry.
Mike Semrau, director of AKS Cutting Systems’ Consumables Loyalty Program, is a 32-year industry veteran who knows the value of hard work and quality machines.
After graduating from high school, Semrau completed a four-year apprenticeship program with a local Cleveland machine builder. After earning his Tool & Die Journeyman’s papers, he took classes for Quoting/Estimating and soon went to work for Kiffer Industries — parent company of AKS.
After working in the industry for some time, Semrau went back to school and earned an associate’s degree in mechanical design.