Mazak Expansion Plans in the Works

April 14, 2011
Machine-tool builder cites 'continued upswing in business in the Midwest.'

Florence, Ky.-based Mazak Corp. today said it is planning to expand its Midwest Headquarters and Technology Center in Schaumburg, Ill.,

The company, which is the North American manufacturing, sales and support arm of Japan-based machine-tool builder, Yamazaki Mazak Corp., cited the "continued upswing in business in the Midwest."

"The vibrant manufacturing market and our long-term commitment to customers in the Midwest convinced us to accelerate our expansion plans of our technology center in Illinois," Mazak President Brian Papke said. "In line with our new Southwest Headquarters and Technology Center in Houston and a new $9 million investment in our Kentucky plant, the goal of the Midwest expansion is to continuously serve our customers with solutions for improved manufacturing productivity to competitiveness of North American manufacturing."

Mazak plans to expand its Midwest Headquarters and Technology Center in Schaumburg, Ill. (pictured here). The expanded facility will feature a new auditorium space, more room for seminars, and a spacious area for customer turnkey projects and test cuts, as well as expanded machine tool technology demonstration facilities, according to the company. Mazak said it plans to move quickly on the Midwest expansion project, with a grand opening targeted for April 2012. The company noted it will keep customers up to date on the latest details of the expansion via its social media outlets and website. See Also:
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