Mazak Corporation

8025 Production Dr.
PO Box 970
Florence, KY 41042 US


Chris Papke

Mazak Appoints New Southwest Regional General Manager

Mazak Corporation drew from the ranks of its highly capable and experienced management team and promoted Christopher Papke to the position of Southwest Regional General Manager. Papke will take over for Dana Scott who is set to retire after 19 years as the head of Mazak’s Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas.

Papke brings 18 years of Mazak experience to his new position. He started in the company’s sales training program after graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and from Cincinnati State Technical College with an associate degree in Engineering Technology. As part of his training, he spent nine months at Mazak’s Florence, Kentucky, North American Manufacturing Headquarters where he was submersed in the art of metalcutting and in the production of machine tools.

After six months in Mazak’s Field Service Department helping install new machines, 18 months in the Application Engineering Department and another 18 months as a Product Specialist, Chris was promoted in 2004 to the position of Distributor Sales Manager for the Midwest Region.  He served in that position for seven years before his promotion to Direct Sales Manager for the Southwest Region in 2011. 

“We are extremely confident in Chris’s ability to lead the Southwest Region as its new Regional General Manager,” said Dan Janka, president of Mazak. “With his extensive Mazak training and sales experience, Chris was the perfect candidate for the position, and we know he’ll continue to uphold Mazak’s stellar reputation for outstanding customer service and support.”

Mazak’s Southwest Technology Center and its Technical Center in Dallas, Texas, are part of the company’s network of nationwide regional Technology Centers. As a key component of Mazak’s comprehensive customer support, the Technology and Technical Centers offer advanced application support, education and training, new technology and manufacturing systems along with on-site training and technology seminars. 

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Company Profile

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of advanced machine tool equipment, including Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning and automation solutions, for all metal working industry segments.

Mazak Releases Schedule for Free, Interactive Webinar Series

Mazak Corporation is dedicated to providing a range of resources to keep customers in front of the latest manufacturing advancements and to offer tips on how to best utilize technology to their advantage.

Mazak Adds Machining Power and Versatility to Kentucky Plant

Mazak Corporation has completed the installation of a new Mazak HCN-16000Q Horizontal Machining Center in the company’s North American Manufacturing Plant in Florence, Kentucky.

Mazak Hosts Precision Machining Competition for Students

In support of the local Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA), Mazak’s Midwest Technology Center hosted the 26th annual 2017 Precision Machining Competition, which honors excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students.

Mazak Develops New Smart Automation in Collaboration with Muratec

Mazak continues to provide the most advanced and highly productive manufacturing technologies available through strategic collaborations with other key OEMs.

Mazak VTC-805E Opens Doors for Shops to Take on Long, Heavy Parts Production

The new Mazak VTC-805E Vertical Traveling Column Machining Center brings high versatility and productivity to those shops that need to tackle long and/or heavy parts.

Mazak Expands in Texas with New Technical Center in Dallas

Reflective of its ardent commitment to superior localized customer service and support, Mazak has opened a new second facility in Texas.

Mazak VC-500A/5X Delivers High Accuracy, Affordable Full 5-axis Machining

Made in Kentucky, the VC-500A/5X Vertical Machining Center has a trunnion-style rotary/tilt table that allows for the accurate, cost-effective processing of small complex parts via full 5-axis machining.

Mazak QTU-200MY Makes Multi-Tasking Easy for Shops of All Sizes

As a perfect entry into Multi-Tasking technology, Mazak’s QTU-200MY Turning Center offers shops of all sizes ease of use, cost-effectiveness and unmatched productivity.

Mazak Gives QUICK TURN-250MSY Several New Productivity Enhancements

For those shops looking to boost productivity as well as profitability, Mazak’s QUICK TURN-250MSY Turning Center sports several new productivity-enhancing features.

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Mazak Expands Spindle Rebuild Center
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Artificial Femur Demonstrates Multitasking Machining
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Mazak to Open Technical Center Serving Florida Manufacturers
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Mazak to Host May Technology Event in Illinois
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Industry News of Note: February 2019
Additive Manufacturing Conference issues call for speakers, Mazak makes big “smart factory” investment and other manufacturing industry news. 

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Product Categories of Mazak Corporation

Automated Pallet Systems
Boring Machines
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Units
Drilling & Tapping Machines, CNC
End Turning Machines
Gear Hobbing Machines
Horizontal Machining Centers, Five-Axis
Horizontal Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis
Hybrid Additive-Manufacturing Machines
Indexers & Rotary Tables
Jig Boring Machines
Leasing & Financing Services
Machine Monitoring Systems
Machining Cells & FMS
Maintenance & Repair
Milling Machines, Planer, Gantry & Bridge Type
Milling Machines, Universal
Pallet Changers/Shuttles and Programmable Transfer Devices
Polygon Turning Attachments
Replacement Parts/Repair Parts
Retrofitting, Rebuilding, Remanufacturing Services
Robots, Industrial
Software, CAD/CAM
Thread Cutting Machines
Threading & Cut-Off Machines, Pipe & Bar
Training of All Types, Including Audiovisual/Internet
Turn/Mill Machines, CNC
Turning Centers, Horizontal, CNC
Turning Centers, Inverted Vertical, CNC
Turning Centers, Twin-Spindle/Multi-Turret
Turning Centers, Vertical, CNC
Universal Machining Centers
Vertical Machining Centers, Five-Axis
Vertical Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis

Trade Names

µ Series
5-Levels of Multi-Tasking
CYBERTECH TURN
Discover More With Mazak
DONE IN ONE
DUAL TURN
FF
FJV
HCN
HORIZONTAL CENTER UNIVERSAL
HQR
HQR
HYBRID Multi-Tasking
INTEGREX e-RAMTEC
INTEGREX e-V
INTEGREX i
INTEGREX i AM
INTEGREX i-V
INTEGREX j
IVS
MATRIX NEXUS 2 CNC
Mazak iSMART Factory
Mazak SmartBox
Mazak SMOOTH Link
MAZATECH
MAZATROL
MEGA
MEGA TURN
MEGATURN NEXUS
MEGATURN SMART
MULTIPLEX II
MULTIPLEX W
MX Roller Guide System
OPTIMUM
OPTIMUM PLUS
ORBITEC
PALLETECH
POWER MASTER N
QTU
QTZ
QUICK TURN
QUICK TURN NEXUS
QUICK TURN PRIMOS
QUICK TURN SMART
QUICK TURN UNIVERSAL
ROCK SOLID
SLANT TURN
SLANT TURN NEXUS
Smart CNC
SMOOTH Orbitturn
SMOOTH Set & Inspect
SMOOTH Technology
SmoothC CNC
SmoothG CNC
SmoothX CNC
SUPER FLOW
SUPER QUADREX
SUPER VELOCITY CENTER
TOOL EYE
TOOL HIVE
TURNING CENTER
UN
VARIAXIS i
VARIAXIS j
VC AM Series
VC Series
VERSATECH
VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS
VERTICAL CENTER NEXUS COMPACT
VERTICAL CENTER SMART
VERTICAL CENTER UNIVERSAL
VORTEX e-V
VORTEX HORIZONTAL PROFILER
VORTEX i
VORTEX II
VTC