Auburn Hills engineering firm bought out by Minnesota company

MINNEAPOLIS–Concept, the Minneapolis-based advanced manufacturing technology provider, has purchased Auburn Hills-based Inspection Engineering LLC.

Inspection Engineering provides dimensional measuring products and services, software training, and calibration services. It provides services in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsulvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

A second-generation business, Inspection Engineering is led by President Michael Bergmann, whose father founded the company in 1977.

“We take incredible pride in our family business, and wanted to grow with a partner who shares the values that have made us successful for the past 45 years.” Bergmann said. “We’ve always believed in educating our customers so that they can make the most of their equipment and business, and wanted to align with a company that shares those beliefs.”

Concept officials said Inspection Engineering would “retain their leadership and autonomy while benefiting from investments and synergies that come from being part of the growing Concept family.”

“The precision manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving,” said Concept CEO Andrew Hecker. “Bringing together services that complement the products we offer makes sense for all involved. Whether a customer is looking to make, measure, calibrate or automate, we’re now able to advise and support them more efficiently and comprehensively, and help them make the most of their equipment with education and training.”

In making the announcement, Concept also announced the acquisition of American Calibration, a Chicago-based company founded in 1992. The company serves both Fortune 500 customers and small manufacturers, offering more than 350 types of accredited calibration (among the largest ISO 17025 scopes available) with the highest precision available.

Since 1974, Concept has provided quality machine tools and metrology solutions to manufacturers across medical device, aerospace, industrial, automotive, and heavy vehicle industries. Today, Concept is leading precision manufacturing toward a future that’s increasingly automated by providing high-end solutions to keep customers ahead of the competition, along with the support they need to handle the toughest manufacturing challenges.

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