ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Hardinge Inc., a manufacturer of machine tools, announced that president and CEO, J. Patrick Ervin has stepped down from his position.
Richard L. Simons, the company's senior vice president and chief operating officer, has been elected to succeed Ervin as president and CEO.
Simons has also been elected to the board of directors. Mr. Ervin has also resigned from Hardinge's board, however he will continue to support the company in a consulting role.
Simons worked for Hardinge Inc. for 22 years and served as executive vice president and chief financial officer, with operational responsibility for its Asian companies when he left the company in 2005. He served as a financial officer at Carpenter Technology Corporation for the past two and a half years before his recent return to Hardinge.