SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Sep 20, 2016) - NKK Switches today announced the appointment of Rick Cates as Midwestern Regional Sales Manager for the world's leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switches. The move aligns with the company's commitment to deliver enhanced service to its customers at a local level.

Cates brings over 30 years of industry experience and knowledge to the position, having previously served in the electromechanical industry within its distribution channel in roles as branch manager, sales manager and field sales. Cates was most recently a Field Sales Representative for Key Accounts at Arrow Electronics in Overland Park, Kansas.

"Rick is an important part of our strategic focus moving forward at NKK," said Laurence Sweeney, Vice President of Sales and Marketing NKK Switches of America. "He brings a respected work history and vast industry knowledge to the position."

The announcement marks the continued effort by NKK to focus on business expansion by connecting with its current and potential customers.

About NKK Switches
NKK Switches designs, produces and sells the industry's most extensive selection of electromechanical switches, setting the standard for quality, stability and reliability in switch solutions. NKK provides a full suite of customizable solutions that includes design, programming and value-added support by combining flexibility, expertise and a commitment to our partners' success.

NKK's switches turn on millions of products around the world every day by offering more than 3.5 million different toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary and keylock switches to illuminated, process-sealed, miniature, specialty, surface-mount and programmable switch devices. For more information, visit

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