GMTA Names Scott Knoy as Vice President

Walter Friedrich, president of GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) recently announced the promotion of Scott Knoy to vice president for the company. Knoy joined GMTA on July 1, 2005, back when the company was known as American Wera. Since then, Knoy has played a large role in the growth of the organization. GMTA is a leading supplier of machine tools, lasers, and parts washers to the automotive power transmission, gear, and other markets in North America. Knoy was particularly instrumental in helping GMTA secure a Global Purchase Agreement with General Motors, according to Friedrich, who made the announcement from the company headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Scott has also played a key role in keeping the business running smoothly, especially during the last several years, as we’ve opened our facility in Mexico, and I’ve been working in Mexico to support this effort,” Friedrich said. The GMTA Mexican facility in Queretaro is now fully functional, with plans for expansion already in the works.

As a sign of appreciation and a move for the future, Friedrich spoke with the GMTA board of directors at last year’s IMTS, and they agreed to offer Knoy the position of vice president at GMTA.

 “Between myself as the president and Scott as our vice president, we will continue to expand our market share, our products and technologies, plus our great customer relationships and service offerings,” Friedrich said.

 “I’m honored to accept the new responsibilities and to continue contributing to the growth of our company,” Knoy said. “Gears and the auto industry are in my blood, as my dad was in the business, and I literally grew up around gear machines.”

Knoy will continue to oversee the sales and marketing of the company, in addition to other administrative duties at the Ann Arbor headquarters. Knoy is also active with AGMA, the American Gear Manufacturers Association. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and also holds an MBA.