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Okuma Receives Charlotte Mayor's International Community Award for Philanthropy



Jim King, President and COO, Okuma America, receives the Mayor's International Community Award for philanthropy from Charlotte Mayor, Jennifer Roberts.

Okuma America Corporation has been the recipient of the 2017 Mayor's International Community Award (MICA) for a medium business and was honored in May at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC, for philanthropy. The Charlotte International Cabinet chose Okuma for its contributions to higher education.

Okuma's donation of $100,000 in machine tools to the engineering technology programs at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) enables students to gain hands-on machining experience and the skill set needed to enter the manufacturing workforce.

"The lack of skilled labor is one of the biggest threats to the U.S. manufacturing industry," said Jim King, President and COO, Okuma America. "We are excited to partner with CPCC in educating and training the next generation of operators, machinists and programmers and we are honored to receive this award."

Okuma also received this award in 1998, during the inaugural year of MICA. The annual Mayor's International Award program is hosted by the Charlotte International Cabinet in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor and the Office of International Relations. More information can be obtained by visiting www.charlotteinternational.org.

For more information contact:

Okuma America Corporation

11900 Westhall Drive

Charlotte, NC 28278

704-588-7000

www.okuma.com

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