Toshiba Machine Co. America has reassigned some key sales managers and let some others go.
Some well-known Toshiba people are involved. Tim Glassburn, a Toshiba employee since 1986 who most recently served as vice president of the U.S. operation, has moved from new-press sales to become head of after-sales support. Glassburn will continue to represent Toshiba at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., said Kazz Takamura, vice president and general manager of the company in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Fred Ferris, eastern regional sales manager, will serve as assistant sales manager through Jan. 5. After that, he will become a consultant covering special accounts and projects.
John Reading, Midwestern sales manager, was laid off in late September. Also let go was Steve Martin, former direct-sales manager for the Chicago area. Takamura said the company has decided to cover that area with manufacturers' representatives.
The staff restructuring includes replacing field-sales managers with technical people and creating organizations called target groups and technical support teams to serve customers more quickly.
Takamura said two Toshiba sales employees, Mike Werner and Brian Petersen, were named to lead target groups that will work closely with customers to focus on molding applications and provide support immediately after a sale.