MCLEAN, Va. — The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) has elected its

2017-2018 officers and directors. 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. Karaisz is president of three companies: Kar Enterprises Inc., Hydromat of Michigan LLC, and Novi Precision Products Inc., all located in Brighton, Michigan. He follows Chairman Richard L. Simons, president/CEO of Hardinge Inc., located in Elmira, New York.

“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, executive vice president/owner, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Dover, Ohio, to serve as first vice chairman. Christopher A. Bailey, president/COO, Etna Products Inc., Chagrin Falls, Ohio, will serve as second vice chairman/treasurer. Brian J. Papke, chairman, Mazak Corp., Florence, Kentucky, was elected secretary.

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

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Publication date: 5/4/2017