Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Okuma America Corporation, a developer of CNCs and machining technology, have extended their partnership through 2017.
During the partnership’s first year in 2000, the RCR Okuma Technology center housed four Okuma machines and five employees. Today, that facility measures 17,000 square feet, houses 12 Okuma machines and employs 15 technicians, engineers and management staff. It manufactures more than 3,000 different race parts, with total output in 2011 forecast to reach nearly 100,000 units. Additionally, RCR and Okuma have worked together to specially design and develop CNC machinery for the production of intake manifolds, cylinder heads and camshafts.
Both organizations say the partnership has been mutually beneficial. “The competitive nature of our sport dictates that we produce more and more quality, dependable race parts on our own premises. It’s one of the key factors in providing a competitive advantage,” says Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. “The Okuma Technology Center is also the perfect facility for Okuma to showcase its products in a high-performance, real-world setting.”