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Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has signed an agreement with an intent to expand the territory of Maruka USA to now include North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska, as of December 9th, 2021.

Maruka and Methods have been working together since 2013, and over the last two years, Maruka has reduced conflicting product lines throughout their territories in order to shift their focus on manufacturing solutions using Methods Machine Tools products and automated solutions. As a result of this change, Maruka has grown substantially year over year as they become more strategically aligned with Methods Machine Tools.  “We are very pleased with their investments in resources to sell and service our products over the years, including building up their skill sets, and this has translated to tremendous success. Their management team is very focused on their customers and providing the best service, while growing new accounts at a record pace,” Methods CEO Mark Wright said.

Maruka USA has been doing business for over 53 years with deep roots in the machine tool industry. Maruka’s machine tool division specializes in the sale and service of “Best in Class” CNC machine tools and automated solutions such as Nakamura-Tome, FANUC, Yasda, Kiwa, OKK, and Methods Machine Tool products. Maruka’s CEO, Gary Lowery states “we are very excited for the opportunity to continue strengthening our relationship with Methods Machine Tools.” Gary goes on to say that “not only does Methods provide best in class machine tool technology, but also a wide variety of automated solutions that fit Maruka’s goal of being a solution provider to manufacturers”.

Maruka USA is not new to the Minneapolis region, Maruka owns Industrial Tool Inc. (ITI) led by President & CEO Pat Hjelm.  ITI, established in 1974, is a well-known local Minneapolis-based company that specializes in fixture building, custom machines, automation, and full turn-key capabilities for machine tending and associated processes. Maruka combined with ITI brings extensive experience and engineering strength to support customers. Maruka’s Motto is “Sincere Service” and their Mission is “Customer Satisfaction”.

The agreement denotes Methods’ continued focus to align our direct offices and dealerships around our imported products as we continue to grow throughout North America.

Methods has put together a comprehensive transition plan to minimize the impact of the change from Methods’ current dealer in those territories to Maruka, with the goal of minimizing impact on customers.  From now through December 8th, Methods’ current dealer will continue to handle all sales, service, and support in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska, until Maruka takes on the role of exclusive dealer for that territory on December 9th.

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