Seco Tools Inc. Reorganization Positions Company for Growth

Jan. 13, 2010— Seco Tools Inc. has announced a restructuring of its organization to better align itself with the Seco global strategy and to enhance its ability to engage and serve its customers.

Jan. 13, 2010— Seco Tools Inc. has announced a restructuring of its organization to better align itself with the Seco global strategy and to enhance its ability to engage and serve its customers. Additionally, the company has streamlined its physical operations by closing the Jabro sales office in Virginia, relocating it to the corporate headquarters in Troy, Mich. "We are really proud to say that, despite the economy, we were able to gain market share last year," said Seco Inc. President Kurt Nordlund. "This reorganization positions us to enter 2010 with competitive advantage by leveraging our ties to a strong global organization while delivering value-added solutions in a very personal local manner." Key to the focus on customer engagement and support is Seco&rsquos moving of the Customer Service department from Operations to Sales. Lou Novacco, Director of North America Sales, commented that, "Closer alignment of the Customer Service Organization to the sales process better unites us to serve the common goal of adding value and enhancing our customer relationships. By broadening the knowledge base of this team, we can better support our customers’ needs quickly and effectively." The remainder of the former Operations group, which includes Logistics, Quality, Distribution and Production, (Lenoir City, TN) now come under the responsibility of Dan Sikora, Seco’s Director of Human Resources, where he brings over seven years of warehousing and logistics experience. Other changes within the organization include shifting the Custom Tooling Operations (CTO) under the auspices of the Marketing and Product Development department, which is run by Director Mike Parker. The CTO will join forces with Seco’s Component Engineered (CET) Tooling group where both of these organizations will come under the leadership of Bob Goulding, who departs from product marketing to become Manager of CTO & CET. Goulding said "Bringing these two capabilities together really strengthens our overall team and helps us deliver on our philosophy of selling solutions, not just tooling." Larry Lefkof, formerly Manager of the Central Zone Sales, will take over the product marketing position, which has now been expanded to Manager, Product Marketing and Enterprise Solutions. The Seco Technical Team and product managers will now report to Lefkof in an effort to bring the product development process closer to the customer. According to Lefkof "This will allow us to present proven global solutions to our North American customers to improve their productivity." Rob Keenan, formerly the Product Manager for the Jabro products, will take over the position of Central Zone Sales Manager. Nordlund added that these changes will not cause any disruption in business externally, but simply re-align the internal structure to better match its customers? needs. http://www.sectools.com/us