Okuma America Corporation & Hartwig, Inc. to Provide Machines to Davis Applied Technology College for Machine Tool Technology Program

Charlotte, NC (November 4, 2009) – Okuma America Corporation and distributor Hartwig, Inc. will provide machine tool equipment to Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) for use in their Machine Tool Technology Program. The machine tool lab, soon to be known as the Okuma Institute for Technology at Davis Applied Technology College, will also serve as a showroom for Hartwig in the Rocky Mountain region, providing local manufacturers an opportunity to see, first-hand, the Okuma machines and THINC control technology.

Okuma and Hartwig are collaborating to provide DATC with a working showroom of CNC lathes, vertical machining centers, multi-tasking machines and a horizontal machining center with a Fastems flexible manufacturing system. The equipment will be used to provide students with hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment for development of CNC machinists, programmers and quality control and inspection specialists. Additionally, local manufacturing companies will have opportunities to visit the facility and see the machines in operation.

DATC provides students with a hands-on, self-paced learning experience that prepares them for employment. Nationally accredited through the Council on Occupational Education, DATC courses emphasize the skills required on the job and provide this training through instructors that have extensive industry experience. Students are required to complete 1140 hours of course work in order to receive their Machine Tool Technology certificate.

Larry Schwartz, President and COO of Okuma America Corporation stated, “We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity to bring the best in machine tool and control technology to this vibrant and growing market. DATC offers an incredible learning experience, and we are proud to help develop future machinists and programmers.”

Although machines have already been installed and training has begun, the Okuma Institute of Technology at Davis Applied Technology College will formally open on January 12. Grand Opening activities will take place January 12-14, 2010.

About Okuma America Corporation:

Okuma America Corporation is the US based affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in the development of computer numeric controls (CNC) and machining technology, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. Known for its technology leadership and world-class manufacturing, product quality and dedication to customer service, Okuma strives to be the machine tool solution provider to manufacturers worldwide. For more information, visit www.okuma.com.

About Hartwig, Inc.:

Hartwig Inc. is the leader in machine tool distribution in the Midwest and Southwest and has been in business since 1960 covering the states of Missouri, Montana, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Illinois. For more information, visit www.hartwiginc.com.

About Davis Applied Technology College:

Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) is one of eight campuses of the Utah College of Applied Technology, and is located just north of Salt Lake City, Utah. DATC provides training in an open-entry, open-exit environment which annually prepares over 7,400 high school and adult students with career and technical skills. DATC currently offers certificate programs in the Schools of Business, Construction, Health Professions, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Service Professions and Transportation. The College is committed to quality education and dedicated to its philosophy of "We Change Lives." For more information, visit www.datc.edu.

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