Omron Automation has announced plans to expand further their manufacturing operations in the United States. Particularly, the move aims to expand production capacity in the region and at the same time improve lead times.
Moreover, the decision to relocate from the current facility in Renton, Washington to Atlas at Inland Port Greer in South Carolina aims to provide enhanced services as well.
“We have conducted a thorough search of potential manufacturing locations and have selected a site that can best serve the future needs, competitive pricing, and expectations of our valued customers,” said Mark Sadie, Managing Director, Omron Automation Americas.
The relocation will occur between January and May of 2024. Omron will manufacture motion controllers and drives, machine vision, barcode readers, and verification systems at the facility. Additionally, Omron has plans to expand production in South Carolina to include some of their highest-demand technologies currently made in other global factories. As part of this expansion, Omron will also establish a state-of-the-art Proof of Concept Center (PoCC). Here, customers can see solutions in action, collaborate with experts, and proactively validate solutions.
Omron said One Spartanburg, Inc. has provided a vision for how Omron fits into the region’s growth initiatives as an automation innovator. Thus, helping drive economic and workforce development.
Omron partnered with JLL on site selection advisory services and Burns & McDonnell for design and construction services. Omron is also partnering with readySC, an integral part of the SC Technical College System, to recruit and train their new workforce in South Carolina.
In addition, Omron has been utilizing the Spark Center at Spartanburg Community College to provide them with the ability to start moving their production facility and to produce and ship product prior to construction being completed. This is allowing for a much easier transition of their manufacturing operations to South Carolina.
Meanwhile, the move also reflects Omron’s commitment to their global strategy of multi-site manufacturing and localized production. “It is our mission to provide customers with exceptional service and support to help them achieve success,” Sadie explained. “With this relocation, we feel confident we can continue delivering the highest level of service and support our customers have come to expect from Omron.”