Okuma Expands Application Engineering Team

Brad Fitzpatrick, Jeff Hampton and Lee Johnston Join Okuma.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 13, 2016) – Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, is pleased to announce the addition of three new team members, Brad Fitzpatrick, Jeff Hampton, and Lee Johnston, to the Application Engineering Department. They are responsible for demos, training, specification reviews, process developments and technical support for Okuma customers and distributors.

  • Brad Fitzpatrick, Junior Applications Engineer, previously held positions in mechanical assembly, machine run off, options installation, mechanical inspection, and sales and project management. His area of expertise is lathes. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management from Ohio University and an Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Cincinnati State Technical College.
  • Jeff Hampton, Applications Engineer, has more than 25 years of experience in the machine tool industry in set-up and operation, CAD/CAM programming, manufacturing and application engineering. Jeff’s focus is on machining centers and their technologies. He obtained his CNC Machinist Journeyman Card from Jackson Community College, Jackson, Michigan.
  • Lee Johnston, Senior Applications Engineer specializes in 5-axis application. He has several years of CNC machining experience in the automotive industry and has held positions in machine repair, retrofits, design, PLC programming, technical support and technical writing.

“We are excited to have Brad, Jeff and Lee join the Applications Engineering team at Okuma. Their passion, combined experience and superior CNC machine tool skills are an asset to Okuma, our customers and distributors,” says Rod Tojdowski, Senior Manager Application Engineering for Okuma America Corporation.

For more information on Okuma machine tools visit http://www.okuma.com/americas.

About Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

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