Mazak Awarded Benefactor Of The Year

Florence, Kentucky, November 17, 2010 ­ – Mazak Corporation has earned the prestigious honor of Benefactor of the Year for 2010 for its strong community partnership with Gateway Community and Technical College. The award was presented at the 11th annual Kentucky Community and Technical College System President’s Gala and Benefactors’ Awards Dinner in Lexington, Kentucky.

Mazak has worked with Gateway to meet the workforce needs for the region’s manufacturers by founding two scholarships at Gateway. The scholarships support students in manufacturing technology and encourage minority students to attend college.

Additionally, Mazak has provided cutting-edge equipment to the college’s machine tool program and has created an apprenticeship program for recent high school graduates to connect on-the-job experience with college classes. As a member of Gateway’s Manufacturers’ Consortium, Mazak also assisted in the development of Gateway’s new Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Members of the VIP program will work with Mazak in product development and the creation of training events and seminars spanning a broad range of topics. For more information on the new Mazak VIP program, please visit

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.