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The Craftsman Group, owner of Western Canada’s largest auto body repair chain Craftsman Collision, announced it has appointed Mark Greenberg to vice president of Wedge Clamp Systems Inc., one of its family companies.
The Craftsman Group, owner of Western Canada’s largest auto body repair chain Craftsman Collision, announced it has appointed Mark Greenberg to vice president of Wedge Clamp Systems Inc., one of its family companies. Greenberg brings such qualifications as Red Seal auto body repair certification, extensive real estate experience and certification, years of head office management and a recently earned MBA.
“I’m very excited about the opportunities for Wedge Clamp,” said Greenberg, who began his career as an auto body repair technician with Craftsman, then left to become a realtor – only to return to Craftsman 10 years later to open and manage two locations before being promoted to the head office as general manager of business development.
“We have strong market penetration in Canada, but in the U.S. and the rest of the world, we’ve really just scratched the surface,” Greenberg said. “It’s wide open.”
Greenberg replaces longtime Wedge Clamp employee and current Chief Operating Officer Rodica Matei, who in February will take over as CEO of Robbox, a computerized hand tool company created by her inventor husband.
“I’m happy the company is going to be in good hands,” said Matei, who joined Wedge Clamp in 1998 as senior buyer/warehouse manager and, as COO, managed to triple the company’s sales in four years. “It’s my baby – they have to take care of it. With our recent inroads into Spain, Israel, Egypt and Mexico, and new products coming on board, Mark will be hitting the ground running.”
“I want to see Wedge Clamp fully embraced by the U.S. industry,” said Bill Hatswell, founder and owner of the Craftsman Group of Companies. “I want it to become a household name in the industry. The Wedge Clamp system is by far the best for body and frame repairs – which is why I bought the company. All our shops have it, and when we buy shops that don’t have Wedge Clamp and put it in, the staff instantly love it because they can do their jobs faster and more easily.”
Along with manufacturing its anchoring, pulling and measuring system, Wedge Clamp is a global distributor of the Stat-Gun anti-static air gun, the nitrogen-based NitroHeat spraypaint system, the NitroWeld plastic welding system and the Eclipse laser frame straightening system.