Kitagawa North-Tech, Inc. has named Kevin Bennett as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In his new post, he will be spearheading sales and marketing endeavors for North America and involved with the operational aspects associated with how the company brings new workholding products and services to the market, responding to customer needs and enhancing the customer experience. 

LVD Strippit announces the opening of its Southeast Support Center located in Charlotte, N.C., and its Southwest Support Center in Dallas, Texas. The two new regional facilities are dedicated to improved customer care at the local level. They join the company’s Midwest Support Center opened in 2016 and its Northeast Support Center located at LVD Strippit headquarters in New York. 

MAPAL welcomes a new VP Sales and Marketing for North America and a VP Business Development for the United States & Canada. As the new Vice President of Sales & Marketing for North America, John B. Hoy II will be responsible for sales, team leadership, strategic initiatives, driving revenue, as well as general management responsibilities. 

MAPAL has promoted Deryl Carter to Vice President of Business Development for the United States & Canada. He will be responsible for sales, market development, channel management, strategic initiatives and general management responsibilities targeting customer accounts outside of the automotive Big 3.

Master Chemical Corporation is pleased to announce that Michael A. McHenry has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. McHenry will provide leadership, technical expertise and strategic direction for Master Chemical implementing both short- and long-range programs that support organizational objectives, leveraging Master Chemical’s existing strengths in the specialty lubricants and metalworking industry.

Master Chemical also announces that David A. Barned has been appointed Global Vice President – Operations & Supply Chain, and General Manager for USA. In his new role, he will provide leadership, focus, and strategic direction for the company’s global Operations & Supply Chain teams and will work to better connect Master Chemical’s complete Supply Chain from raw material supplier to end-user. 

Mastercam is proud to sponsor the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition ( by granting use of the Mastercam Educational Suite for the duration of the competition to teams in need of CAM software. The FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Robotics Competition is held yearly. High school-aged teams the world over compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed.  

Okuma America Corporation has named Koma Precision as Partner of the Year. Koma Precision received the highest number of votes among all 50 members of Partners in THINC in the annual partner effectiveness survey to earn the distinguished title. Okuma distributors from North and South America participated in the survey rating Koma Precision on service responsiveness, sales support, perceived value of products/services and recommendations.

Third Wave Systems has received the prestigious Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Administration recognizing the company's successes implementing manufacturing technologies via the SBIR program. Third Wave Systems develops and sells materials-based modeling software and services that dramatically reduce costs of machined components, accelerate design cycles and improve part quality. The software products are used by the top aerospace, automotive, medical and cutting tool companies. 

QVI® (Quality Vision International) has announced a series of key appointments in its Manufacturing, Operations and Service organizations:
  • Randy Weaver, CIO, assumes the additional position of Director of the company’s Electronics Manufacturing group, which produces proprietary electronic and embedded control systems used in QVI metrology products. 
  • Wade Cook, PhD, Vice President of Optics Manufacturing, assumes additional responsibilities as leader of the company’s Research & Development team.  
  • William (Bill) Stickles is promoted to the position of Director of Production with responsibility for all standard product assembly operations at the QVI Hudson Avenue campus.  
  • Bob Scheidt assumes the position of President of Quality Vision Services, the technical support, calibration and field service arm of QVI. 
  • Keith Polidor, Vice President, is promoted to the position of Senior V.P. and Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for the company’s worldwide Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Quality functions.