Mazak Corp. to host hundreds of students at Florence plant during education event

FLORENCE, Ky. -- A Northern Kentucky manufacturer is opening its doors and welcoming hundreds of high school students in to get a look at the future of the industry.

Mazak Corp. said the event is part of its DISCOVER 2013 manufacturing technology and education event.

Mazak is a machine tool builder.

Officials said they hope to dispel “outdate myths” about manufacturing and show students that a career in the field can be exciting and rewarding.

In addition to the education event, the company is also welcoming more than 2,000 other companies from across North American to the facility from Tuesday to Oct. 16.

Students will get to tour the facility from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday during the “Mfg the Nxt Genr8n” event.

The company hopes to show students that products that are used everyday such as “airplanes to laptops and surgical knee implants to washing machines” all come from modern high-tech factories.

The students participating in the event come from several Kenton and Boone county schools, along with Gateway Community and Technical College and Cincinnati State College students.

"The fact is that U.S. manufacturing is constantly being underrated and under supported and, as a result, is in dire need of skilled labor," Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corp., said in a release. "The problem is real and won't improve until we work together to change the impressions young people have about manufacturing. We also need to aggressively market the fact that careers in manufacturing are both lucrative and respectable.”

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