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Mazak Optonics Corp.
2725 Galvin Court
Elgin, IL, 60124

Press release date: December 2, 2013

ELGIN, Ill., – Mazak Optonics has announced that Al Bohlen will assume the leadership of the company’s North American operations as vice president/general manager. Bohlen, an existing Mazak Optonics executive, brings to the new position over 25 years of industry experience in customer service and support, applications engineering, product management and sales.

Bohlen’s extensive professional career has been exclusively within the fabrication industry, including the high-technology laser-cutting machine sector. As a very knowledgeable leader in the laser-cutting industry, he has authored numerous technical articles as well as presented at laser symposiums worldwide.

Bohlen, in his new position, will assume the company leadership duties formerly carried out by Bill Citron who has left the company to pursue other business opportunities.

For the past two years, Bohlen has been the Mazak Optonics National Sales Manager. He managed and guided the activities of distributors, regional sales managers and the company’s outside sales team to further strengthen Mazak Optonics’ market share. As a result, the company is currently experiencing a significant surge in business growth and new product development.

“As we progress along this current growth path with invigorated momentum, Mazak Optonics will quickly advance to even higher levels in terms of technological leadership in the industry,” said Bohlen. “We will continuously introduce new exciting, innovative and advanced products that will benefit our customers and build their profitability. And as a solid foundation for that technology, we will further expand and strengthen our customer service and support, training and application engineering.”

According to Bohlen, Mazak Optonics experienced an extremely successful FABTECH 2013 show in Chicago where it introduced several new products that drew much attention and resulted in record levels of booth traffic and monthly orders, as well as high levels of inquiries. Two of the new products were the TUBE GEAR a high-speed, cost-effective tube-processing laser system and the other an automation system for the company’s 2D laser systems. Both will be available for demonstration at Mazak’s Laser Technology Center in Elgin, Illinois.

About Mazak Optonics
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.

Marc Lobit
Marketing Manager
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