Kitamura Machinery, a manufacturer of precision horizontal, vertical and 5-axis machining centers, announced a new strategic distributor partnership with Next Industries, machine tool sales, services, and shop floor solution providers with headquarters in Shelby Township, Michigan and a facility in Henderson, Kentucky. The partnership includes exclusive distribution of Kitamura’s vertical, horizontal, and 5-axis machining centers, accessories, spare parts, and software in Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky.
“I cannot convey enough how excited and honored our team is to be selected by Kitamura to represent the product in MI, IN, and KY,” says David Cochenour, director of operations at Next Industries. “Knowing the history of quality, accuracy, and speed of the Kitamura brand made the decision an easy one for our team. Next Industries has worked hard to set the bar at the highest level by providing our customers with unsurpassed solutions and services. As a full-service solutions provider, our team has been recognized for putting the customer first and providing value added solutions. Whether it be a fully automated turnkey system, a stand-alone machine, or parts, service, and applications support on your existing equipment, Next Industries has an extensive team of experienced experts to support you. Adding Kitamura to our lineup allows us to provide our customers with extremely rigid and accurate machining centers without sacrificing speed. This is true in not only the world’s fastest 2,362ipm rapids they achieve on solid box ways, but also through their 20,000rpm high torque, 4-step gear driven spindles.”
Jerry Pizzimenti, president of Next Industries, built one of the most reputable Industrial Supply companies in the country before selling it to Grainger. Pizzimenti has a passion for customer service, which is why he recruited Cochenour, a highly regarded machine tool sales and service professional from the largest machine tool builder in the world. Together their focus on service and support has rippled through the industry.
“In signing Next Industries as our exclusive distributor in Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky, we have partnered with an owner and team built to provide our customers with world class service, applications engineering, tooling and machine accessory support,” saysa Dave Lucius, Kitamura’s vice president of sales. “With Next Industries as our distributor, we increase our presence in three very important markets with a service first philosophy that mirrors Kitamura Machinery’s focus.”
Mike Frantzen, national service manager at Kitamura Machinery says, “I am extremely impressed with the professionalism and technical knowledge of the Next Industries service and applications team.”