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).
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