After purchasing a Lufkin company just a few months before news of COVID-19 broke nationally, leaders of Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America said the company remains strong and they look forward to future expansions.

Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America acquired LufTex Gears, Manufacturing and Services near the end of 2019, promising to use their power to grow the locally created company rather than strip it. Sumitomo is a part of one of the largest machine manufacturers in Japan, with locations scattered globally.

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