New Ownership Launches Gilman USA — Looks to Expand its Offering of Linear and Rotary Motion Systems and Drives

GRAFTON, Wis., (February 6, 2012) — Gilman USA, a leading provider of mechanical slides and spindles, is now under new ownership effective Sept. 13, 2011.

The company, previously known as SKF Precision Technologies, was purchased by Christopher Hetzer, Mark Ziebell and Michael Weiland.

Hetzer, CEO, and Ziebell, CFO, have been with the company since 1977 and 2000 respectively.

Weiland, COO, who joined the company in September, previously worked at Albany Door Systems and General Motors. The three owners assumed their new roles, and the company became Gilman USA Sept. 13.

“Gilman USA is a great company with a long history in Wisconsin, and we were excited when offered the opportunity take over ownership and keep jobs here,” Hetzer said. “Our team of seasoned engineers and machinists, who design the precision machine tools that we’ve become known for, remains intact and continues to provide the customized solutions our customers expect. We’re excited about the future, and really, I think the sky’s the limit on how far we can go.”

With nearly 40 employees averaging 22 years of experience, Gilman USA serves value-minded engineers with exacting needs and standards throughout numerous industries. The highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced Gilman USA team will continue to specialize in customized components and engineered solutions for its customers.

Moving forward in 2012 and beyond, Gilman USA will be:

  • Expanding its spindle and slide repair service for virtually any manufacturer’s equipment
  • Continue servicing the machine tool industry with premium-quality slides
  • Explore other opportunities for its services in vertical markets such as pharmaceutical, paper packaging, food and medical
  • Build upon its high level of customer service garnered throughout the company’s 60-year-history

Gilman USA designs customized slides and spindles for value-minded engineers with exacting needs and standards, and provides expert services for virtually any manufacturer’s equipment.

In addition to its customized slides and spindles, Gilman USA specializes in spindle repair and is only one of a few companies in the United States to offer slide repair as well. Today, the company boasts a workforce of nearly 40 employees, who average 22 years of experience. Gilman USA expects to add jobs as its work volume increases in the coming years.

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