Mazak Appoints New Regional Manager to Support Midwest Growth

Florence, Kentucky, April 11, 2012 - Mazak Corporation recently named Kevin Bates the new general manager for its Midwest operations. Bates will use his 15 years of management and technical sales experience within the machine tool industry to further support the continuous upswing of manufacturing business throughout the region.

According to Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation, the Midwest has quickly evolved into a key strategic market for Mazak, and Bates' appointment coincides with the expansion of the company's Midwest Regional Headquarters and Technology Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

Slated for a June unveiling, the 18,000-square-foot facility expansion, which includes a new 124-seat auditorium, two state-of-the-art training rooms and additional demonstration facilities, will provide Mazak customers with much more advanced technology, support and training for increasing their competitiveness. The expansion also encourages more collaboration between Mazak and local manufacturers regarding the development of new technologies and process improvements.

In his new role, Bates is responsible for driving Mazak's sales and profitability within the Midwest region, as well as ensuring Mazak customers and distribution partners throughout the area have the guidance, technology and training they need to succeed. He also serves as an important communication link between local operations and Mazak North America headquarters in Florence, Kentucky.

Prior to joining Mazak, Bates served as the vice president of Iverson & Company, a sales and service organization that supports the metalworking industry. Furthermore, he holds Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from Illinois State University.

"We are thrilled to have Kevin at Mazak," said Papke. "With his proven experience and solid grasp of the manufacturing industry, I am confident he will be a valuable asset to our Midwest sales, applications and service teams as well as our customers and distributors."

About Mazak Optonics Corporation

Mazak Optonics Corporation is a major supplier of laser-cutting systems, offering 50 laser models and leading the industry in the implementation of emerging laser technologies. The company’s 50,000 sq. ft. North American Headquarters are located in Elgin, Illinois, and feature a 30,000 sq. ft. laser technology center housing up to 18 machines for demonstrations and training. Mazak Optonics is part of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation (Oguchi, Japan), the global leader for the manufacture of machine tools and systems for the precision machining of metal parts, including CNC turning centers, horizontal and vertical machining centers, Multi-Tasking machining centers, turnkey cells and software solutions. The North American Headquarters for Yamazaki Mazak are located in Florence, Kentucky. For more information on Mazak Optonics’ products and solutions, visit, email or call 847.252.4500.