Okuma America and Siemens Partner to Host “Manufacturing Day” Event for Students

Local high school students will tour facilities and learn about CNC manufacturing, innovative machining technology and career opportunities.

Charlotte, NC August 26, 2015

Okuma America Corporation, a world-leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, and Siemens, one of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, are partnering to host a Manufacturing Day 2015 event on Friday, October 2, 2015, in Charlotte, North Carolina from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at their respective facilities. Local high school students will be given the opportunity to tour each company and learn how CNC machining and modern manufacturing play important roles in a multitude of industries. This event is being held in conjunction with the annual national Manufacturing Day celebration.

Students will learn about the educational paths needed to pursue traditional and non-traditional careers in manufacturing. They'll have the opportunity to speak with students from Clemson's CU-ICAR program and various technical professionals to hear about careers as engineers, machine tool operators, programmers and service and finance professionals.

Additionally students will see robotic and cutting demonstrations on state-of-the-art CNC machine tools at Okuma. On the walking tour of Siemens, participants will view the production of steam and gas turbines and generators while learning about power generation and transmission systems.

Available Sessions:
To accommodate the greatest number of students, and to provide full and half-day options, there are three available sessions from which to choose.
The full-day session combines a morning tour of the Siemens facility and an afternoon tour of the Okuma facility. Two half-day sessions, touring only the Okuma facility, are available.

Okuma and Siemens Session 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Okuma Morning Session 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Okuma Afternoon Session 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

"There is a substantial shortage of skilled labor to fill the various roles in modern manufacturing. As manufacturing professionals, we feel it's important to show students the wide variety of career paths in the industry and the talent that is needed to fill those opportunities. Okuma and Siemens are looking forward to welcoming students to each of our companies and hopefully inspiring the next generation of manufacturers," said Brittany Russell, Okuma Training Program Manager.

For detailed information about the Okuma/Siemens Manufacturing Day event and to register, visit http://www.okuma.com/events/mfgday2015. For more information on Okuma America Corporation, visit http://www.okuma.com/, and to learn more about Siemens, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/entry/en/.

About Okuma America Corporation
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry's only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool's functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry's only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

Siemens in Charlotte
Siemens in Charlotte is one of the lead facilities in the company's global manufacturing network and serves as the worldwide hub for Siemens 60 Hz large power generating equipment. Opened in 1969, the facility has manufactured and serviced generators and steam turbines for the power generation market for decades. In November 2011, the facility celebrated the opening of a new expansion, adding gas turbine production and service capabilities. The new Gas Turbine facility was designed based on LEAN manufacturing principles and is certified to U.S. LEED Gold green building standards. With its current workforce of 1,600 and more than one million square feet of space under roof, Siemens Energy in Charlotte has become one of the largest manufacturers in the city and also one of the largest among the 250+ Energy companies based in Charlotte. Further information is available at: http://www.siemens.com/energy/charlotte

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