Both promoted from within
FLORENCE, Ky. (June 30, 2016) — Brian Papke has been promoted to chairman and Daniel Janka president of manufacturing technology leader Mazak Corporation, the company announced today. Papke had been president and Janka executive vice president.
On Friday Janka will assume the normal operating functions of Mazak’s North American operations, including Mazak’s iSMART Factory and North American Headquarters in Kentucky along with the company’s eight Technology Centers located throughout North America.
Papke personally selected Janka who joined Mazak in early 2016. Janka’s experience in the machine tool industry and his extensive involvement with machine tool utilization software and 5-axis technology at past positions meshes well with Mazak’s iSMART Factory and the company’s commitment to MTConnect as well as the total Mazak iSMART manufacturing concept.
Papke has been with Mazak since 1987 and company president since 1989. Under his leadership, the Kentucky plant grew from one building to its current five-building, 800,000-sq-ft campus where the company now designs and builds some of the industry’s most advanced manufacturing systems, including innovative full 5-axis and Multi-Tasking machines – and most recently, the introduction of Mazak’s iSMART Factory Concept and the Mazak SmartBox that allow for the further integration of digital solutions in manufacturing.