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Veteran Knife Designer and Engineering Specialist Joins OKC to Lead its New Product Development, Quality, and Engineering Teams.

Paul Tsujimoto

Paul Tsujimoto

Ontario Knife Company

Ontario Knife Company

Franklinville, NY --( Ontario Knife Company announces the hiring of industry veteran and renowned knife designer Paul Tsujimoto as its new Director of Engineering.

Reporting directly into the President and CEO, the Director of Engineering is responsible for shepherding the end-to-end development of new products, oversight of the quality control team, and the implementation of new engineering and manufacturing processes.

Tsujimoto has over 30 years of experience including a previous tenure with OKC as a designer and various senior engineering roles at Cutco and KA-BAR.

“On behalf of everyone on Ontario Knife I would like to be the first to welcome Paul Tsujimoto to our team,” said Kenneth Trbovich, President and CEO of OKC. “Paul joins a group of dedicated professionals with many centuries of combined knife-making experience.”

Tsujimoto was previously responsible for the development of several products in Ontario Knife’s lineup, including the top selling SPEC PLUS line. In his new capacity, Tsujimoto will collaborate with OKC’s Blademaster-in-Residence Dan Maragni and others to introduce new tactical, hunting, fishing, survival, and kitchen cutlery products to OKC’s existing lineup. Additionally, Tsujimoto and his department will drive the continuous improvement of manufacturing processes and will reinforce the high quality standards that support OKC’s lifetime warranty policy on its domestic products.

“I am very excited to join Ontario Knife’s management team,” said Mr. Tsujimoto. “Ontario Knife Company has been a leader in American-made cutlery for 125 years and I look forward to building off that strong legacy.”

The addition of Tsujimoto to the management team is part of a comprehensive initiative by OKC to focus on its core competencies, invest in the facilities, equipment, and people needed to aggressively grow the business.

“Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Ontario Knife,” said Deneb Pirrone, OKC’s Director of Global Marketing and Sales and co-Chair of the New Products Committee. “Expect to see some exciting new and revamped products coming down the line.”

Paul Tsujimoto joined OKC in late December 2013 and will be present at January’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas at Ontario Knife Company’s booth (booth #20305).

Founded in 1889, The Ontario Knife Company is a U.S. owned and operated organization that continually stays on the forefront of knife designs and cutting-edge technology.  Ontario’s military supply roots go deep into its history, as the company has been supplying quality cutlery to the U.S. Military since WWI. Today, the company consistently develops new knife designs that allow military personnel to have the products they need in order to get their jobs done both on and off of the battlefield. Ontario Knife is also especially proud of being selected as the sole provider of the United States Marine Corps OKC3S Multi-purpose Bayonet System and the Model 4 Rescue Strap Cutter. In addition to being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces, Ontario Knife teams with a nationwide network of distributors/dealers to market its products to many diverse consumer and niche markets including the tactical/military, hunting, outdoors, law enforcement and cutlery industries. Worldwide sales activity encompasses more than 28 countries and continues to grow.

For more information about Ontario Knife Company and its industry-leading line of advanced knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools, contact Ontario Knife Company at P.O. Box 145-26 Empire Street · Franklinville, NY 14737 · Telephone (716) 676-5527 · Or visit The Ontario Knife Company is a subsidiary of publicly traded Servotronics Inc. (listed as SVT on NYSE-Amex exchange).

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