German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) celebrated the company's 25th anniversary during the IMTS (International Manufacturing & Technology Show) in Chicago.
The celebration took place aboard the Anita Dee II, a private yacht charter, on Wednesday evening after the show concluded for the day. A crowd of over 150 customers and business associates boarded the yacht on the east end of McCormick Place for an evening of wining & dining while cruising the waters of Lake Michigan. The evening was hosted by Walter Friedrich, president of GMTA, Scott Knoy, vice president of sales, and Claudia Hambleton, CFO.
Friedrich welcomed the excited crowd with a short speech thanking them for their support over the last 25 years. He gave a bit of company history and mentioned the recent opening of their newest office in Queretaro, Mexico.
Guests enjoyed a lavish dinner buffet, open bar and the music of a live band playing tropical party music while cruising Lake Michigan on the elegant Anita Dee II. The ship cruised along the illuminated Chicago skyline, past Buckingham Fountain and along Navy Pier for several hours before returning guests to Navy Pier.