Company History Kansas-Oklahoma Machine Tools, Inc. (KOMT) was started in 1962 by Arthur B. Berg and Max E. Hubbard, both of whom had been employed by White Star Machinery Company. The administrative offices were, and are located in Wichita, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Ronald W. Evans joined the firm in 1965 and M. William Farris joined in 1970. In 1982 Art Berg retired as President and in 1987 Max Hubbard stepped down as President to pursue other interests. At the end of 2011 Ron Evans resigned his position as Chairman of the Board, Bill Farris is now Chairman of the Board and President. In 2002, Jon Doell, Jeremy Seier and Stan Bittman were named Corporate Managers. In 2007, Lynn Ungles, Ann Stuart and Wendy Bartlett were also named Corporate Managers. In 2012 Jon Doell resigned his position with KOMT.
KOMT has facilities in Wichita consisting of a company owned building approximately 5,000 square feet, staffed by outside sales engineers, inside parts sales, service technicians, office management, accounting and administrative personnel.
The Tulsa office is housed in an approximately 5,000 square feet of a 10,000 square foot company owned building, and is staffed with outside sales engineers, a service technician, an application engineer, office management and administrative personnel.
The company established a Kansas City office in 1968, which services the Kansas City metropolitan area and the western half of Missouri.
An Oklahoma City office was set up in early 1987 to provide better representation in the southwestern area of Oklahoma. One outside sales engineer and a service technician are located in this office.
In 1997 KOMT started funding an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Today the ESOP owns approximately 70% of the outstanding shares of KOMT stock.
KOMT has always been service oriented, and to strengthen that quality a service department was added in 1979. It is manned by well-trained service technicians whose training continues as new innovations occur in machine tool lines.
The KOMT sales engineers total over 250 years of experience in the machine tool business; most of those years active with KOMT. Eight KOMT sales engineers are Certified Machine Tool Sales Engineers (CMTSE). The CMTSE program was established by the American Machine Tool Distributors Association (AMTDA) in conjunction with the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) to provide a program to acknowledge the essential competence and knowledge that is required to perform effectively as a machine tool sales engineer.
KOMT came into business on the leading edge of the technology of numerically controlled machines. While it is still active in its work with standard machines, it continues today with innovative and more productive technologies to serve today's industries. The manufacturers KOMT represents are quality leaders in their fields.