Paramax 9000 Extruder Drive Wins Award from the Virginia Manufacturers Association


The Virginia Manufacturing Cup, an event recognizing the best in the state's manufacturing achievements and held by the Virginia Manufacturers Association, has honored the Paramax 9000 Extruder Drive with the First Place award in the Industry Machinery & Electronics category.

Virginia's manufacturing sector plays an instrumental role in boosting the state's economic profile. The industry adds a substantial $45 billion to Virginia's gross state product, marking its significance in the state's ecosystem.

Furthermore, with exports valued at $13 billion that reach international markets, Virginia's manufacturing prowess is undeniably vast and varied.

Notably, this sprawling sector provides employment to 247,150 private workers, spread across an impressive 6,750 businesses.

Virginia Manufacturers Association

The Virginia State Government has consistently shown its support for this pivotal industry. Their commitment to bolstering the growth and prosperity of Virginia's manufacturers is unwavering. An ethos well encapsulated in the phrase: "Manufacturing Makes Virginia."

It is within this backdrop of progress and prominence that the Paramax 9000 Extruder Drive clinched the top spot in its category at the Virginia Manufacturing Cup. This win underscores the state-of-the-art technology, innovation, and dedication that went into the development of the Paramax 9000.

"We are truly honored to receive this recognition," says Sara Zimmerman, SMA's Vice President of Business Development. "While we may not have secured the overall top prize, this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who voted for us and showed faith in our product."

As Virginia continues its journey to the forefront of manufacturing excellence, acknowledgments like the Virginia Manufacturing Cup become crucial markers of quality, innovation, and success.


About the Paramax 9000 Extruder Drive

An extruder drive is a key component of an extrusion machine, commonly used in the plastics and rubber industries, among others. The primary purpose of the extruder drive is to provide the necessary power and torque to rotate the screw within the extruder barrel.

Our Paramax 9000 Extruder Drive features the same 25° gear pressure angle as the Paramax 9000 Series Reducer with high load capacity, capable of withstanding strong impact loads.

About Sumitomo Drive Technologies

Sumitomo Drive Technologies is a brand of Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America, one of the most respected names in the power transmission industry. As an industrial manufacturer of premium quality gearboxes, motors, and controls, we operate two prominent facilities – our Headquarters in Chesapeake, VA, and the Large Industrial Gear Unit Manufacturing and Assembly Facility in Verona. Our commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction, and comprehensive solutions makes us an industry leader in power transmission.

About the Virginia Manufacturers Association

The Virginia Manufacturers Association's mission is to create the best business environment in the United States for world-class advanced technology businesses to manufacture and headquarter their companies for maximum productivity and profitability. As the only statewide association exclusively dedicated to manufacturers and their allies, the VMA is member-centric and has a professional staff dedicated to legislative and regulatory affairs, workforce development, member services, communications, and business services.