Gleason Corporation will host the GEAR SOLUTIONS FORUM (GSF) at its worldwide headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., Sept. 23 - 24, 2015. GSF will include more than 40 demonstrations of products and technologies, covering all major gear production processes addressing a wide variety of industry needs. The last GSF, which took place in April 2014 at the Gleason-Pfauter facility in Ludwigsburg, Germany, attracted approximately 600 visitors from 30 countries over a three-day period. To register for the Gear Solutions Forum visit
MC Machinery Systems Inc. has promoted Shane Herendeen to North American Sales Manager for Fabrication. Responsibilities will include working directly with the regional managers and dealers across North America, working internally with product development, as well as marketing and sales to increase market share. Herendeen has served as National Sales Manager, Fabrication since 2010. 

MC Machinery also welcomes Jeb Howard to the role of Regional Sales Representative, Fabrication. His territory will include a large portion of Ohio, as well as Western Pennsylvania.  

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has appointed James Kucharski as National Sales Manager for Nakamura -Tome in the U.S. Kucharski’s background in manufacturing is extensive. He has close to 25 years of experience and has held numerous product, engineering, sales and management positions in the Swiss turning industry.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. also announces the appointment of Robert Serrano to the position of Southern California Sales Manager. Methods has recently expanded its Southern California operation, increasing the number of sales/application engineering and service personnel by eight, and offering a full range of machine tool solutions from all Methods partner brands. 


Former AMT Board member Roger Hayes dies

Roger Hall Hayes 69, of Tega Cay, S.C., passed away unexpectedly July 1, 2015. He is survived by DeAndra (Vannest) Hayes, his wife of 34 years, his  sons, James Oliver Hayes of Grover, N.C., and Reggie Van Hayes of Indian Land, S.C., his sister, Carolyn Pracon of Phoenix, Ariz., brother, Thomas Hayes of Stewart, Fla., and seven nieces and nephews. 

Hayes was a member of the AMT Board of Directors from 1998-2003. He was Secretary of the Board in 2001 and 2nd Vice Chairman in 2002.

His career began at Fafnir Bearing Co, New Britain, Conn., then moved on to New Hampshire Ball Bearing, Peterborough, N.H., SKF in Allentown, Pa., Chicago Pneumatic, Utica, N.Y., and he retired as President, CEO of The Huffman Corp., Clover, S.C., after almost 20 years. 

Hayes was a dedicated Christian and active at his church, singing in the choir. He went on mission trips to Panama and held several leadership rolls. After retirement and a visit to Israel, he began Biblical Studies and Theology at Knox Theological Seminary. 

The family will receive friends at 1:00 followed by a memorial service celebrating his life at 2:00, July 13, 2015, at Grace Community Church 1190 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill, S.C. 29708. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Grace Community Church.