COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Matt Peterson,  a quarrier with two decades of experience in the stone industry, is the new dimensional-stone product line manager for Atlas Copco Construction and Mining’s drilling and cutting equipment.

Peterson joins a team that worked to distribute diamond-wire saws and drill rigs specifically designed for dimensional-stone use, following Atlas Copco’s acquisition of Italian equipment manufacturer Perfora S.p.A. earlier this year.

Peterson previously served as a quarry division manager, overseeing ten quarries as well as developing a new DSI product.

Holding a degree in mechanical engineering, Peterson served in positions such as field and sales engineer and as a production engineer. He then accepted his first role as division manager where he developed and patented a product for use in quarries. Peterson’s experience adds up to over 20 years of knowledge and service in the dimension stone industry.

“The dimension stone industry will benefit from Atlas Copco’s acquisition of Perfora,” Peterson said. “Through the Atlas Copco store network, most dimension-stone quarries will now have local access to service, spare parts and product knowledge.  

“Atlas Copco is the leader in the rock drilling and mining industry, and the addition of Perfora has made this true for the dimension-stone Industry as well.”

“Perfora is a leading supplier in this segment, with a strong customer focus and high quality products,” said Bob Fassl, business area president of Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique. “We see good growth opportunities through this deal. As part of the Atlas Copco Group, Perfora becomes a unique global supplier of tailor-made equipment for dimension-stone producers.”

Atlas Copco Group is a industrial-tooling and -equipment conglomerate based in Stockholm, with 33,000 employees worldwide and 2011 after-tax revenues of $1.88 billion. It acquired Perfora (now known as Atlas Copco Stonetec) of Bagnolo Piemonte, Italy, in January; terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.