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AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology Elects New Board of Directors and Officers

AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology has elected its 2017-2018 officers and directors. The 2017-2018 board year began April 1, 2017.

The AMT board of directors, which represents more than 600 builders and distributors of machine tools, manufacturing machinery and related products, named Ronald S. Karaisz II to serve as Chairman. He follows Chairman Richard L. Simons, President/CEO of Hardinge Inc., located in Elmira, NY.

"I am honored to serve as AMT Chairman to be an advocate for AMT members in an industry that I am passionate about," said Karaisz. "I have been an active participant in AMT since the merger with AMTDA in 2012. I look forward to working with the staff and my fellow board members to provide all members with business solutions they need to thrive in these times of rapid technological change."

The board elected Steven R. Stokey to serve as First Vice Chairman, Christopher A. Bailey as Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer and Brian J. Papke was elected Secretary.

Newly elected to a three-year term as a member of the board is Michael J. Cicco, President/CEO, FANUC America Corporation, Rochester Hills, MI.


Ronald S. Karaisz II is the President of three companies: Kar Enterprises, Inc., Hydromat of Michigan LLC, and Novi Precision Products, Inc., all located in Brighton, MI. He joined the machine tool industry in 1981 and six years later founded Kar Enterprises, a machine tool distributor, which represented approximately 10 machine tool manufacturers. In 1996, he became President/Managing Member of Hydromat of Michigan, LLC, which was created with the owners of Hydromat. In 1997, Karaisz and partners purchased Novi Precision Products; he has been President since 1999. Novi Precision Products is a custom machine tool builder and integrator, whose products include automation, assembly lines, presses, pierce and notch, leak and functional test, single-station and multi-station metal removal machines.

First Vice Chairman

Steven R. Stokey is the Executive Vice President/Owner of Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. located in Dover, OH. Allied is a leader in metalcutting, serving all facets of manufacturing, which includes the aerospace, defense, agriculture, automotive, heavy equipment, general machining, machine tool, mining, petrochemical, energy, renewable energy, structural steel, tool and die, and water treatment industries.

Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer

Christopher A. Bailey is President/COO of Etna Products, Inc., located in Chagrin Falls, OH. Established in 1943, ETNA Products, Inc. is a fourth-generation family business manufacturing and distributing high-performing, environmentally sensitive metalworking lubricants, coolants, rust preventatives and cleaners to customers across the U.S. and around the world.


Brian J. Papke is Chairman of Mazak Corporation located in Florence, KY. He was President of Mazak Corporation from 1989 to 2016. Mazak Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing unit of Yamazaki Mazak, headquartered in Oguchi, Japan. Since joining Mazak in 1987, Mazak has completed 14 expansions, including the establishment of a National Technology Center and Customer Service Support Center.

2017-2018 Directors AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

  • John B. Cheung, CEO/Co-founder, OMAX Corporation, Kent, WA
  • Michael J. Cicco, President/CEO, FANUC America Corporation, Rochester Hills, MI
  • Donald D. Lane, CEO, Makino, Inc., Mason, OH
  • Lee Morris, Chairman, Morris Group, Inc., Windsor, CT
  • Ralph Resnick, President and Executive Director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, Blairsville, PA
  • Paul Ricard, President, DP Technology Corp., Camarillo, CA


  • Richard L. Simons, President and CEO, Hardinge Inc., Elmira, NY
  • Jerry Rex, President and COO, Methods Machine Tools Inc., Sudbury, MA

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