West Ohio Tool Appoints New V.P. of Operations

West Ohio Tool, located in Russells Point, Ohio, appointed Scott Ries as V.P. of operations. West Ohio Tool is a producer of both carbide and PCD round tools primarily for the automotive market.

West Ohio Tool, located in Russells Point, Ohio, appointed Scott Ries as V.P. of operations. West Ohio Tool is a producer of both carbide and PCD round tools primarily for the automotive market.

Mr. Ries will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the operation and facilitating the continued growth of the organization. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to the PCD industry. Prior to joining West Ohio Tool, Mr. Ries was responsible for supporting and growing the North American PCD market for Vollmer of America for 8 years. During this period of time, he made numerous speeches at various conferences and seminars and published many articles in trade magazines sharing tips and insights into the use and applications of these superabrasive materials. 

In addition, Mr. Ries was involved with the Industrial Diamond Association as a board member and with the United States Cutting Tool Institute. His involvement in these organizations will continue, and he is currently a member of the education committees of both organizations. 

Before joining Vollmer, Mr. Ries worked for almost 30 years at GE Superabrasives and Diamond Innovation, which is now part of Sandvik Hyperion, where he held many technical and managerial roles related to the manufacturing and engineering of PCD/PCBN materials. In his last role, he was responsible for all global production and engineering of these materials with 41 direct reports, conducting seven Kaizen events, which resulted in tremendous increases in throughput and machine uptime. He has multiple patents related to PCD materials and applications and received his Green Belt certification while leading a project that resulted in more than $1.5 million in savings at a customer facility.