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Kitagawa-NorthTech Hires Regional Sales Manager

Mike Roberts

Kitagawa-NorthTech, Inc. has announced Mike Roberts of ITEX Workholding has joined the company as Regional Sales Manager for the Southwest region, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Roberts, a seasoned veteran in oil and gas workholding chucks, will be selling and supporting Kitagawa's complete offering with a focus on oil and gas workholding.

Kitagawa-NorthTech Oil & Gas Workholding Solutions include: air chucks, big bore chucks, heavy duty steady rests, custom engineered fixtures, Tri-Kote chuck lubricant and diagnostic tools such as its Digital Grip Force Analyzer Software and Kit for determining and gripping force performance. They solve heavy duty workholding applications in onshore and offshore drillings rigs and fracking. Some popular tooling and applications in oil and gas country for Kitagawa-NorthTech workholding products include: pipes, casings, valves, tool joints, flanges, couplings, pumps, fishing tools, down hole instrumentation and fracking components.

"Roberts has had a longstanding history and connection to Kitagawa chucks starting with his first inside sales position in the machine tool and workholding industry," said a company spokesperson. In 1990, Roberts started his career at Rex Supply, Machine Tool and Workholding Division as a master distributor representing Kitagawa-NorthTech chucks. The Rex Workholding Division was later acquired by Regal Machine and Roberts continued in a sales capacity for the company. In 1997, he co-founded ITEX Workholding in Cypress, TX, specializing in serving the workholding needs and requirements of oil & gas tool manufacturers and services companies. ITEX was a master distributor of Kitagawa Chucks and the exclusive North American importer of Noble heavy-duty brand manual chucks.

Roberts added, "It was an easy decision to merge ITEX Workholding operations with Kitagawa-NorthTech, partially because of the long-lasting and successful relationship we have had for almost 30 years. Kitagawa also has an enduring heritage, great chuck brand and reputation for manufacturing and engineering superior workholding for the metalworking industry and we believe they are a great fit for customers in oil & gas country."

For more information contact:

Kitagawa-NorthTech, Inc.

301 E. Commerce Drive

Schaumburg, IL 60173


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