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OMAX Hires Chris Baer as Senior Sales Manager, Government and Education

Press release date: March 5, 2014

KENT, Wash. – OMAX Corporation, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced abrasive waterjet cutting technology, recently named Chris Baer its new senior sales manager, government and education. Baer is replacing Steve Brown, who will retire on March 31, 2014, after 10 years with the company.

Baer is responsible for all Department of Defense and government accounts in the United States, working directly with government and in tandem with OMAX’s government distributor Phillips Corporation, and handles future business development for government applications. He also oversees all sales to four-year colleges and universities as well as development of training curriculum for educational customers.

Prior to joining OMAX, Baer served as a director of strategic projects within the industry. He holds a degree in chemical engineering, and in his 25-year career has been involved in process engineering, project management, and management of a wide range of sales, marketing and corporate issues and projects.

Mike Ruppenthal, vice president of North American sales at OMAX Corporation, said, “Chris is a great choice to handle two important and growing market segments for OMAX. Considering its longer sales cycle compared to commercial accounts, managing and growing government sales offers a significant challenge. In addition, abrasive waterjet is gaining acceptance in the university community as institutions more frequently apply the flexible and easy-to-use technology for their internal projects and prototypes. Chris’s familiarity with a wide variety of abrasive waterjet projects and applications will enable him to help colleges and universities find the OMAX machines and systems best suited for their applications.”

About OMAX
OMAX Corporation designs and manufactures the world’s most advanced abrasive waterjet technology in a variety of table sizes and price points at its headquarters in Kent, Washington. Backed by unmatched support and powered by the company’s intuitive control software, OMAX and MAXIEM JetMachining Centers bring affordable performance to a continuouslyexpanding range of industries. For more information on OMAX products and accessories, contact Sandra McLain at 800-838-0343 or visit

Sandra McLain, Vice President of Marketing
OMAX Corporation
Phone: (253) 872-2300, (800) 838-0343


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