Florence, Kentucky – Brian Papke, chairman of manufacturing technology leader Mazak Corp., has been inducted into the Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame. He accepted the award in April at the Metropolitan Club in Covington, Kentucky, where he delivered heartfelt remarks that credited Mazak’s customers and its employees for the company’s decades of success across North America.
“Our customers are not just customers, they are friends, and the majority of our employees are homegrown,” said Papke. “We have all worked together over the years to create wonderful opportunities for families, the local community and all of the areas our customers call home.”
Under Papke’s direction, Mazak has strived to give back to its customers and the manufacturing industry through its contributions to the commonwealth’s economic growth and its establishment of a successful model for manufacturing excellence.
He also oversaw the Kentucky plant as it became an 800,000ft2 campus and significant regional employer. Today, the Kentucky facility serves as a proof of concept for the Mazak iSMART Factory model in addition to acting as the staging ground for some of the industry’s most advanced manufacturing systems, including innovative full 5-axis, Multi-Tasking and HYBRID Multi-Tasking machines.
Papke has also served Kentucky and the manufacturing industry by working to meet the needs of his company’s customers since he joined Mazak in 1987.
“One of Brian’s greatest traits is that he listens,” said Paul Hemmer, president of Paul Hemmer Co., a construction company that often works with Mazak. “He listens to his staff and he listens to his customers.”
Commissioned by NKY Magazine in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Kentucky Business Hall of Fame celebrates Northern Kentucky's heritage of business accomplishments. The award honors men and women who have made a lasting contribution to the community in economic, cultural, and civic endeavors.