FIT, Lupburg, Germany, will expand its US activities with a move to a new facility in Boston. The company’s US activities were first established in 2014, with the launch of FIT West Inc. in Santa Clara, California, USA. The fully owned subsidiary, renamed FIT America Corp., will now move to Southborough in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
To coincide with the move, former Caterpillar Inc. Director of Innovation Kenneth D Gray will take over as the new Chairman of FIT America Corp. Gray’s 30-year career at Caterpillar encompassed a diverse range of global leadership positions in product, operations, marketing, dealer development and engineering, reported FIT. His products and teams were featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company Magazine, and Crane’s Business. He is an Edison and Platts Global Energy Award winner and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, USA.
“FIT’s additive design and manufacturing capabilities are second to none, but the business model is even more intriguing. Partnerships to accelerate industrial clients toward their own additive independence are what I am most excited about. Our aim is for additive to be a mainstream tool for US industrial manufacturers—and soon,” stated Gray.
John Baliotti, Vice President of US Sales since 2016, will support Gray’s transition to Chairman.
Carl Fruth, founder and CEO of FIT, added, “We are delighted to welcome Ken […] to the FIT Management Team and, with the establishment of our first factory in the United States, we are expecting a major market in the USA for FIT’s Additive Manufacturing capabilities and have now established a management team and structure to develop more partnerships with US clients and make further investments.”