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Ronald J. Smith Named President / COO

April 27, 2004

Chesapeake, VA USA


Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) announces the promotion of Ronald J. Smith to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. His most recent position was Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the company. Mr. Smith has over 12 years of experience with SMA in key sales, marketing and operations positions. Mr. Smith began his career with SMA in 1991 as a Regional Sales Manager in California. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Sales, Western Region in 1995 and to Western Region Vice President in 1998. He brings more than 25 years of power transmission industry experience to this position.


Mr. Nobuhiko Kawamura, Chairman of SMA, said of Mr. Smith, “Ron possesses a passion for our business, loyalty to our company and employees, and a leadership style that brings out commitment and enthusiasm by those fortunate to work directly with him”. Mr. Smith brings an intimate knowledge of the power transmission industry, a keen understanding of the internal SMA organization, and a comprehensive knowledge of the marketing channels to this key leadership position.


The appointment of Mr. Smith strengthens Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America’s key leadership at a strategically significant period of sales growth. As President/COO, Mr. Smith’s proven leadership, knowledge and skills will increase the SMA competitive advantage.

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA)
For almost 40 years, Sumitomo (SMA) has grown as a global leader in speed reducers and power transmission, offering a wide variety of products for OEM and industrial applications. The SMA Corporate headquarters are located in Chesapeake, Virginia (USA) with strategic satellite locations in North, Central and South America. The organization occupies over 500,000 square feet of offices and manufacturing facilities, with over 300 employees. SMA ships thousands of drive products every month, adding to its North and South American installed base in excess of 5 million products.

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