FANUC America Expands Michigan Campus
August 2, 2022
America is making a West Campus expansion that will push its
operational space in Oakland County, Michigan to nearly two million
square feet. The construction will include a 655,000 square foot
state-of-the-art facility to house manufacturing, engineering and R&D
This investment in Michigan’s growing manufacturing area includes the
purchase of 67 acres of land as well as the site of the former Thomas M.
Cooley Law School Campus, which will provide future growth in the
education of the next generation of robotics and automation workers.
Including the existing building, FANUC will add a total of 788,000
square feet of additional operational floor space.
“We’re excited to announce the addition of the new West Campus and our
ability to continue to expand in Oakland County, Michigan,” said FANUC
America’s President and CEO Mike Cicco. “This investment in the future
of US manufacturing will help FANUC America meet the tremendous demand
for automation solutions.”
In October 2019, FANUC America opened North Campus, a 461,000
square-foot facility built by General Development Company, who is also
constructing the new West Campus.
“We’re happy to be brought onboard once again by FANUC,” said Bruce
Brickman, Principal at General Development Company.
North Campus, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is walking distance
from FANUC America’s headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The
addition continues to be crucial in growing the company’s engineering,
R&D, manufacturing and warehousing capabilities and has supported
record-breaking orders and deliveries in a short period of time.
“Interest in robotics and automation remains strong with new demand
coming from a variety of industries,” said Cicco. “EV, warehousing and
logistics as well as food and beverage are all looking to automation to
increase production and solve the growing labor shortage.”
“In addition, advanced automation requires new skills and training to
keep manufacturing strong in North America as well as in Michigan,”
added Cicco. “We’re committed to fueling the growth of manufacturing in
Michigan. We’re proud of our roots here, starting with the design and
build of our first line of NC Painter robots in 1982 to today with the
local production of our entire paint robot line.”
future FANUC America West Campus site is located in Auburn Hills,
Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. With its historical links to the
automotive industry, the town has become a thriving business center and
home to more than 80 international corporations.
“We are grateful that FANUC has chosen to expand their already
impressive footprint in Auburn Hills, an example that our community
continues to be regarded as a premier destination for innovation and
advanced technologies,” said Kevin McDaniel, Mayor of Auburn Hills, MI.
“As a leader in the robotics industry, their expertise will complement
our diverse business base and will contribute to the city’s strong local
economy through jobs and investment. This development may very well earn
us the designation as the community with the largest robotics footprint
in the United States. We appreciate our trusted partnership with the
General Development team who will build the project and look forward to
another quality development in Auburn Hills.”
After the City of Auburn Hills approves plans, FANUC America plans to
break ground in the fall of 2022 and is expected to be completed in the
spring of 2024.