Posted June 21, 2017

Rex-Cut names Costa president

Rex-Cut Abrasives named Bob Costa as the company’s president, succeeding Claude Gelinas, who is planning to retire in late 2018.

Bob CostaCosta has a 37-year history with Rex-Cut Abrasives and has served as vice president of sales and marketing since 2008. Under Costa’s leadership, the Rex-Cut brand has grown globally with an emphasis on new international markets and partnerships.

Costa also played a crucial role in new product development for automotive and aerospace. His focus on creating abrasives for robotic and automated deburring has accelerated growth for Rex-Cut in these industries, the company said.

“Bob Costa is very well respected throughout the abrasive industry, he understands our marketplace, believes strongly in our mission and vision, and has been instrumental in helping build the enviable reputation Rex-Cut has gained over the years,” said Gelinas, who will remain as chairman of the board. “He started his career at Rex-Cut in the factory making the abrasive material. From there he worked several manufacturing jobs, later becoming our quality control manager, ultimately moving into applications/sales related positions, and culminating in several years as vice president of sales and marketing, and now president. With his knowledge of the product, company, and industry, Rex-Cut is in good hands.”

Gelinas, who has served as president since 1995 and has been part of Rex-Cut for over 40 years, will maintain his role as chairman of the board. In addition, Gelinas will focus on advancing manufacturing processes over the next year.

Costa will be based at the Rex-Cut Abrasives headquarters in Fall River, Massachusetts. He will continue to oversee international sales and marketing in addition to his responsibilities as president.