ROCHESTER HILLS — Fanuc America Corp., the robotics supplier, broke ground on a new North Campus plant in Auburn Hills — and a robot helped cut the ceremonial ribbon.
“Robotics and automation are key drivers of manufacturing competitiveness,” said Mike Cicco, president & CEO, Fanuc America. “We’re looking forward to expanding our facilities here in Oakland County to keep pace with the growing demand for automation. To highlight the importance of robotics in the manufacturing sector, we’ve included one of our robots to help us break ground.”
Employees, customers and guests cheered as the robot broke ground along with Fanuc executives and several local and state dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel and Michigan Economic Development Corp. representative Ricardo Gonzales.
Fanuc’s products are used in the automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, food, pharmaceuticals, logistics and warehousing industries. Since 1982, the company’s line of painting robots, and a variety of automation software products have been designed and built in Michigan. With the addition of the new North Campus building, Fanuc America’s three plantss in Michigan total 1,155,525 square feet.
Scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, Fanuc America’s new North Campus will house engineering, product development, manufacturing and warehousing. The $51 million expansion is expected to create 100 jobs.
Fanuc America is a subsidiary of Japan’s Fanuc Corp.