GWS TOOL GROUP BLOG

Employee Spotlight: Dollin Islam

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 […]


Employee Spotlight: Norberto Pablo-Quinones

Meet Norberto Pablo-Quinones, our Production Manager at our GWS-CA facility in Vista, California. Norberto has been working at this location for over ten years, when he left the Marine Corps to pursue a career in manufacturing. His military background helps him keep the many tool orders on schedule at his facility, utilizing his mastery of […]


Employee Spotlight: Erin Hogan

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 […]


Employee Spotlight: Lori Sturdevant

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 […]


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 […]


Employee Spotlight: Chris Luedtke

Meet Christopher Luedtke, one of our Production Setup Programmers at our GWS-Batavia facility in Illinois. Chris came to GWS Tool Group through the acquisition of CJT Koolcarb in March 2021, where he had been working since 2005. He now focuses on streamlining projects that include the reduction of processes to manufacture new and existing tools.  […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Employee Spotlight: Patricia “Trish” Roberts

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 […]