MRO Magazine

Sumitomo gets VP for large industrial business unit

Chesapeake, Virginia -- Joseph Sitta has joined Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) as vice-president o...


July 3, 2003
By MRO Magazine

Chesapeake, Virginia — Joseph Sitta has joined Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) as vice-president of its Large Industrial Business Unit, which includes primary responsibility for the Paramax product line. The line consists of industrial gearboxes in universal housings.

Sitta is a veteran of the power transmission industry, having spent about 20 years with Illinois Tool Works, Regal Beloit Corporation and most recently, Flender Corporation. His work has included engineering management, applications engineering and sales.

“Joe has been in the large gear industry some two decades, and his experience complements our large industrial business unit, which also has its own wide range of industry experience,” said John Cox, president of SMA. “Joe achieved a two-fold increase of his current business, proving his understanding of the dynamics of a domestic company that has a large part of its manufacturing capacity off shore,” continued Cox. “His demonstrated ability to manage domestic customer support and manufacturing, coupled with Sumitomo’s huge investment and capacity in Japan, will catapult our large industrial business to exciting new levels.”

An active member of AGMA (American Gear Manufacturers Association) for 22 years, Sitta has served on several technical standards committees and is currently serving on the marketing council committee. He is preceded by his father, Stan Sitta, who served AGMA in 1982-1983 as president, establishing a legacy of large gear business leadership.


Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. (SHI), one of the largest manufacturers of machinery in Japan. The company’s core strength lies with its Cyclo speed reducer which has proven itself in over 7 million installations worldwide. Designed for extraordinarily long life, the Cyclo.

The company’s Canadian operation, SM-Cyclo of Canada Ltd., is headquartered in Oakville, Ont., and can be reached at 905-469-1050. Assembly facilities are based in Oakville, St. Laurent, Que., and Delta, B.C.