Wade Anderson

Vice President of Engineering & Factory Automation Division

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Wade is a machinist by trade who started programming machine tools in 1992. His early years were spent working for companies machining large, heavy equipment components. Wade became an applications engineer for a machine tool builder, where he spent eleven years developing super abrasive aerospace and medical processes with an emphasis on five-axis grinding. He did a lot of five-axis programming and machine tool troubleshooting—even building machine tools from the ground up. Wade joined Okuma America Corporation in 2005 as an applications engineer and moved from there to inside sales, sales engineer, and regional manager. Wade was then promoted to the role of product specialist sales manager and tech centers manager while also serving as the host of Okuma's Shop Matters podcast. In April of 2023, he was promoted to General Manager of the newly established Okuma Factory Automation Division and then promoted to Vice President of Engineering & Factory Automation Division for the Americas in February of 2024. Wade's diverse background enables him to help Okuma’s distributors and end users meet their manufacturing challenges, especially through our philosophy of automation for all.