GWS Tool Group LLC hires Rod Landrum

June 11, 2020 - 01:00pm
Rod Landrum

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 purpose-built tooling, such as end mills, form tools, step tools, drills, reamers, taps, and turning inserts.

“Rod’s multi-dimensional background fits the mold of a GWS Specialist to a tee” said Adam Lafferty, Executive Vice President of Sales. “His background in machining and programming, coupled with his business acumen, will add value on multiple fronts to our customers.”

Rod started his career as a machinist and programmer in his home state of Michigan. After honing his skills on the shop floor, Rod moved into the cutting tool world as an Applications Engineer, supporting manufacturing from the other side. For over 20 years, he has been applying his knowledge at the spindle to help U.S. manufacturers thrive. Rod will be responsible for supporting GWS customers in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Related Glossary Terms

  • metalworking


    Any manufacturing process in which metal is processed or machined such that the workpiece is given a new shape. Broadly defined, the term includes processes such as design and layout, heat-treating, material handling and inspection.

  • turning


    Workpiece is held in a chuck, mounted on a face plate or secured between centers and rotated while a cutting tool, normally a single-point tool, is fed into it along its periphery or across its end or face. Takes the form of straight turning (cutting along the periphery of the workpiece); taper turning (creating a taper); step turning (turning different-size diameters on the same work); chamfering (beveling an edge or shoulder); facing (cutting on an end); turning threads (usually external but can be internal); roughing (high-volume metal removal); and finishing (final light cuts). Performed on lathes, turning centers, chucking machines, automatic screw machines and similar machines.


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