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Second Shift Leader Brad Walma Makes Sure Custom Comes Standard Every Day

Meet Brad Walma, our Second Shift Leader at our GWS-MI facility in Grand Rapids, MI. Brad has been working at this location since 2013. He first heard about our Michigan facility from a friend of his who told him the shop was spotless and a great place to work, so he knew he had to […]

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Logistics and Quality Supervisor Dollin Islam Keeps It Steady On And Off The Dance Floor

Meet Dollin Islam, our Logistics and Quality Supervisor at our GWS-Edmonton facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dollin or “Dolly” as she is known to her coworkers, has been working at this location for over fifteen years. She started as a general labor associate and has quickly risen due to her attention to detail and willingness […]

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Office Manager Erin Hogan Shines Like A Star

Meet Erin Hogan, our Office Manager at our GWS-MI facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Erin has been working at this location since 2016, making sure both customers and coworkers alike are greeted with a warm smile. In addition to offering exceptional customer service when processing orders, her accounting skills and ability to help out in […]

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Lead Tool Designer and Technical Service Associate Lori Sturdevant Goes Above And Beyond For Her Customers and Community

Meet Lori Sturdevant, our Lead Tool Design and Technical Service Associate at our GWS-Beloit facility in Illinois. Lori has been working at this location for 35 years, where she uses her vast experience with technical quotes, design and overall tap knowledge to help her customers every day. Designing Threads and Loving It Since 1986, Lori […]

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Tap Style Selections By Chip Management

Selecting a tap to avoid breaking and chipping is primarily dependent on the application. You need to decide the best way to handle the chips produced during the tapping operation by selecting one of four styles, Hand (straight flutes), Spiral Point, Spiral Flute, or Form Tap. Hand (straight flutes) Taps, “store” the chips produced within […]

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When Off-The-Shelf Turnkey Tools Just Won’t Cut It

The underlying assumption when a tool is provided for an operation is that it must be the best tool for the job. However, the reality is often that it is the best tool that the supplier can offer from their off-the-shelf standard tool offerings. This was the case for a large Tier-1 automotive components manufacturer […]

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Shipping/Receiving Supervisor Anna Swonger Keeps Her Department Running Smoothly

Meet Anna Swonger, our Shipping/Receiving Supervisor at our GWS-Arizona facility. Since 2008, Anna has been working at the Surprise, AZ location making sure our shipping and receiving departments run smoothly. In addition to ensuring our custom and standard tools get sent to our customers on time, she oversees the purchasing of everything that the production […]

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Hurrimill® Storms In To Generate Serious Savings

Not every machining challenge requires customization, which is why GWS Tool Group offers a huge selection of ultimate performance cutting tool options for smaller shops or applications that need them. In this case, a large automotive job shop in Northern Wisconsin needed just that.  Working with the team at MSC Industrial, GWS application specialist Doug […]

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Customer Service Representative Patricia “Trish” Roberts Shines Bright Like Her Smile

Meet Patricia “Trish” Roberts, one of our Customer Service representatives at our GWS-NC facility. Since 2012, Trish has been working at the Arden, North Carolina location entering orders along with billing, shipping, receiving, and helping to train new hires. Self-described as having a crazy personality and loving to have fun, it’s no wonder both her […]

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NPT Taper Pipe Thread Gaging

The national standard for NPT (National Pipe Taper) taper pipe threads is ASME B1.20.1, the current edition has a date of 2013. This standard contains product detail values and their calculation formulas as well as conformance requirements. It also contains gage design details used to evaluate only some of the conformance requirements. Yes, you read […]

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Calculating “Before Plate” Internal Screw Thread and Tap “H” Limits

  When encountering an internal threaded hole requiring it to be plated, it normally needs to be produced oversize to accommodate the plating. There are two methods for determining the correct Tap “H” limit, the Detailed Method and the Simplified Method. The Detailed Method requires you to do more math, but it will also determine the […]

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Sometimes a Second Chance is All You Need

As we’ve mentioned before, every metalworking application presents its own set of variables that can create a BIG dilemma and even bigger roadblocks. Too often, the real solutions are just beyond the reach of today’s stock tooling. Insert GWS to the equation!  The Second Chance Often in our industry, service capability and personal touch are […]

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Tapping Tip – How H-Limits Relate to Class of Fit (Part 2)

  Welcome to another post on our Tapping Tips! This is the second part of a two-part series on the relationship of inch tap size and class of thread. In this second part, we will explain the relationship of tap sizes and class of threads. We should mention that H and L limits are also […]

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Press Release 7.20.2020 – GWS Tool Group Announces New Director of Sales – West, Scott Tiehen

Scott Tiehen has filled the position of Director of Sales-West at GWS Tool Group. In this role, Scott will be responsible for sales management/development in all western states supporting our channel partners, end-users and developing our west coast presence. His experience and knowledge of the west market, combined with GWS’s new Arizona-based manufacturing facility, will […]

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Press Release 7.7.2020 – GWS Tool Group Announces Director of Human Resources Jaimie Herbert

Jaimie Herbert has filled the position of Director of HR for GWS Tool Group. In this role, Jaimie will be responsible for overseeing the Human Resources department for the organization, with an emphasis on streamlining employee programs that continue to build upon the strong culture in place while ensuring the company meets corporate goals and […]

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GWS Tool Group Announces General Manager for GWS-Arizona Chris Schulte

Chris Schulte has filled the position of General Manager for GWS Tool Group’s Arizona facility. In this role, Chris will be responsible for overseeing all operations and production at the Arizona manufacturing facility. The 60,000 sq./ft facility located in Surprise, Arizona produces custom hole making and finishing tools for the aircraft industry, and houses local […]

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Press Release 6.1.2020 – GWS Tool Group Announces Applications Specialist Rod Landrum

June 1, 2020 – GWS Tool Group Announces Applications Specialist Rod Landrum has filled a position of Application Specialist at GWS Tool Group. In this role, Rod 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 […]

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