August 23, 2010
Ground was broken Aug. 13 for Motoman Robotics' new facility at the Austin Blvd/I-75 interchange (northwest corner; exit 41) in Miamisburg, Ohio. The new facility will serve as the company's headquarters and main manufacturing facility for its North and South American operations.
The groundbreaking ceremony was hosted by Steve Barhorst, president and COO of Motoman Robotics, a division of Yaskawa America Inc. Additional speakers included Jay Tsuda, president of Yaskawa Electric (Kitakyushu, Japan); Gen Kudo, chairman and CEO of Yaskawa America Inc. (Chicago); and Mayor Dick Church of Miamisburg.
Stealing the show was the Motoman® SDA10D robot. The innovative, dual-arm robot — otherwise known as Dexter Bot — donned a hard hat and turned the first shovel of dirt. Motoman executives and local officials also took turns breaking ground.
The new 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art office and production facility will combine the current West Carrollton, Ohio headquarters, along with a manufacturing plant and a warehouse located in Troy, Ohio.
The new facility will house approximately 250-275 employees, with the plan to expand the employee base and facility as the company expands its operations. The 25-acre site allows for the building to be expanded by an additional 200,000 square feet to support this growth.
Construction will take approximately 10 months with an expected move-in date of June 2011.