Laser Products Announces Canadian Expansion

Laser Products Announces Canadian Expansion

Romeoville, IL – April 17, 2016 – Laser Products (LPI) today announced expansion of its sales force into Canada. The move is in direct response to the continuing growth of the countertop industry and is intended to position LPI to better meet the needs of its Canadian customers.

“We have been watching the steady growth of our industry in Canada and believe it is time for us to be there, on the ground, and in person with our customers” said Rich Katzmann, president. “This strategic change will allow us to help revolutionize the countertop industry in Canada like we have in the United States. Fabricators are considering the benefits of going digital and we want to be the company that shows them how they can boost their productivity and sales.”

Eric Harrison, Northwest Sales Manager with 20+ years of experience in solid surface applications will be responsible for Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northwest and Yukon Territories.

JT Hoffman, North Central Sales Manager, a ten-year LPI employee, will bring his hands-on experience into Ontario, Manitoba, and Nunavut.

Matt Thomson, Northeast Sales Manager, a solid industry veteran with over 25 years of experience, will help customers in Quebec, Newfoundland, and Labrador.

The new team will be present at the inaugural STONEX Canada convention in Toronto on May 16 – 18, Booth #517.

Laser Products Expands Sales Force

Laser Products Expands Sales Force

Romeoville, IL – March 30, 2017 – Laser Products (LPI) today announced that it is expanding its sales force for the second time in the past year and is reorganizing its U.S. sales territories. This is an effort to optimize the team’s ability to quickly respond to, and accommodate the rapidly growing number of customers and their needs. These changes will ensure LPI’s continued ability to provide business solutions that offer customers more efficient measuring and fabrication workflows.

Drew Thornton has taken on the role of Director of Business Development where he will manage LPI’s national accounts, grow the LPI Partner Network, and launch products into new markets over the coming years. He will also continue working closely with all CNC manufacturers as part of an enhanced software integration initiative that will streamline job processing from measuring through fabrication.

Doug Jackson has been hired as the South Central Sales Manager with the responsibility for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Jackson holds a degree in electronics engineering and boosts 15 years of sales and technical experience in a wide variety of industries. He most recently served as the sales engineer at Salem Distributing, a machinery sales company in the stone and glass industry.

Eric Harrison has been hired as the Northwest Sales Manager with the responsibility for the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Harrison brings over 20 years of experience in many aspects of solid surface applications including countertops, tile, and flooring. He worked recently for HK Custom Contracting, a stone and tile company based in Spokane, WA.

“This sales force expansion is very exciting for Laser Products,” said Rich Katzmann, president. “Our rapid and continual growth is a strong indication of our dominant position in the industry, the quality of our products and our ability to meet the needs of fabricators, both manual and automated. We anticipate that as a result of this expansion, LPI will be bringing exciting product innovation and new strategic partnerships to the market very soon.”

For a full list of updated sales territories or more information, please visit http://laserproductsus.com/contact or contact Laser Products at 630-679-1300.

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