Tracy C. Ellis has been appointed Manager, Sales, Machines Group, HELLER Machine Tools (US), in Troy, Michigan. According to Robert Pelachyk, President/CEO, Ellis' appointment is part of a multi- level growth plan for HELLER in North America. A new division at HELLER, the Machines Group will focus primarily on non-automotive markets.
Bringing considerable machine tool sales experience to HELLER, Ellis previously was a Regional Marketing Organization Vice President at ThyssenKrupp Metalcutting; GM Account Manager with Makino; and Director of Engineering at Toyoda Machinery USA. At HELLER, Ellis will be responsible for sales of the company's horizontal machining centers, including the introduction of its new line of HMC's to North America later in 2007.
HELLER machining centers, high quality machines traditionally known in North America for low life cycle costs, are ideal for demanding low- to mid-volume production in job shops and Tier 1 and 2 automotive plants. Less well known is HELLER's significant experience with large machining centers including 5-axis capability suited for high-speed Die/Mold and Aerospace applications. "It's the job of the Machines Group to bring all of HELLER's capabilities to the attention of North America's metalcutting industry," Ellis said.
According to the company, the new machines will eventually be assembled at its Troy, Michigan, facility. Expanding the machine tool manufacturing capability at Troy will allow HELLER to take advantage of lower costs in the United States compared to Germany.
Heller Machine Tools, founded in 1894, is a leading global supplier of horizontal machining centers and flexible machining systems for medium to high volume applications, particularly to automotive OE and suppliers worldwide. With plants in Germany, Brazil, United Kingdom, and United States, the company reported turnover in 2006 of nearly $500 million.