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Celebrating Excellence: Joe Gemma Receives Prestigious Robotics Award

Wauseon Machine, a leading provider of automation solutions, tube forming technologies, precision machining, and fabrication, is proud to announce that Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), Joe Gemma, was awarded the prestigious Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award for 2024, recognizing his exceptional leadership and contributions to the automation industry.

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) recognized Joe Gemma alongside two other industry pioneers for their significant impact within the field. This award, named after the late Joseph F. Engelberger, who is widely regarded as the father of industrial robotics, celebrates excellence in technology development, application, education, and leadership in robotics.

Established in 1977, the award has been presented to 139 leaders globally and is often referred to as the "Hall of Fame" for the robotics and automation sector. The award will be presented at the Automate conference in Chicago on May 8, 2024.

Joe Gemma's recognition in leadership underscores his profound impact on the automation sector throughout his distinguished career. His tenure includes pivotal roles as a board member of the Robotics Industries Association (RIA), currently known as A3, and as the president of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

Jeff Burnstein, president of A3, commended this year’s Engelberger Robotics Awards honorees, stating, “Joe Gemma’s valuable leadership and contributions over the last 35+ years have been instrumental as we bring greater innovations to users worldwide.”

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At Wauseon Machine, Joe Gemma has been a pivotal figure since joining in 2022, bringing with him a wealth of experience from his time working for both system integrators and robotics OEMs. His responsibilities as CRO focus on leading the front end of the business, building on his extensive background in engineering, project management, business development, and sales management.

Upon receiving the award, Joe Gemma expressed his gratitude, saying, “This recognition goes out to all the people I have worked with through the years. It is an honor to accept this award on their behalf. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to share the passion that many of us have for what automation means and what it does for manufacturing, for people, and for the world in general.”

Wauseon Machine is proud to have Joe Gemma on our team. His expertise continues to drive our mission of providing leading automation solutions, precision machining, fabrication, and tube forming technologies to manufacturing organizations across North America.