Meeting sets up discussions between Hypertherm and its distributors.

HANOVER, N.H. - Hypertherm Inc. hosted its 2004 North American Distributor Council Sept. 7-9 in Hanover, N.H. The two-day meeting of senior managers provided a forum for discussions between the company and its distributors about products, markets, programs, services and trends.

The annual event started in 1992 and was developed to involve distributors in the company. This year's participants came from major national companies, large and mid-sized regional companies, as well as small independent firms.

Following the opening addresses by Hypertherm President Dick Couch, and Jeff Deckrow, director of North American sales, attendees were given a plant tour. A review of the prior year's action items preceded presentations by Hypertherm's business and product teams. Evan Smith, vice president and general manager, outlined areas of strategic focus for 2005.