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Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

Last Friday, we celebrated the new home of HIROTEC AMERICA.  Located in Auburn Hills since 1992, this new 216,000 sq. ft. facility, which is located in the Oakland Technology Industrial park, will house HIROTEC AMERICA’s Corporate Headquarters.

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HIROTEC AMERICA Chairman Katsu Uno and Mayor Kevin McDaniel

The ceremony included remarks from Governor Rick Snyder, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Mayor Kevin McDaniel and others acknowledging that this $22.8 million investment in a new state of the art facility will continue to keep Hirotec at the forefront of the manufacturing industry.

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Honorable Consul General Mitsuhiro Wada, Chairman Katsu Uno, Governor Snyder and James Toeniskoetter take part in Kagami-biraki, a traditional Japanese celebration

This event was special in many ways.  A tradition in the Japanese culture, Kagami-biraki, was incorporated into the event.  Kagami-biraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. Kagami refers to the lid of the sake barrel and biraki means “to open” so kagami-biraki literally means “opening the lid.” Because of the lid’s round shape, the kagami is a symbol of harmony. The kagami-biraki, therefore, represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.

HIROTEC AMERICA could have located their headquarters anywhere in Southeast Michigan, so their decision to remain and expand in Auburn Hills is great news for our community.  We wish them good fortune.

Hirotec America in Final Stretch

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The new Hirotec America headquarters building is nearly complete.  Construction began last fall on the new $22.8 million structure and remained on schedule, even through the cold winter months.  It is always exciting and gratifying to see large-scale projects like this one come to fruition.

Contractors pour the new 174,000 SF shop floor with cement 8 inches thick.

Contractors pour the new 174,000 SF shop floor with cement 8 inches thick.

The shop floor has been poured and sealed.  In the office areas, interior finishes including ceiling grids, lighting and carpet are close to completion on both the first and second floors.  Large over-head cranes will be installed in the shop / warehouse area within a couple of weeks.

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Paving of the parking lot and new bike path, along with installation of landscaping on the site will wrap up within another two weeks.  Machines and office furniture are set to be installed in mid-July and Hirotec America employees are scheduled to move into in their new offices the first week in August.

Stay tuned for news and photos of the completed project.

HIROTEC AMERICA On Track

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Construction on HIROTEC AMERICA’s new headquarters is moving forward on schedule.  The building shell is complete and site work, paving and landscaping is scheduled to begin at the end of April.  The concrete shop floor will be poured later this month.  The project is anticipated to be complete by early July.

The 213,979 sq. ft. project experienced only minor delays during the cold winter months

The 213,979 sq. ft. project experienced only minor delays during the cold winter months

To learn more about this company and project click on our previous blogs:
New HIROTEC AMERICA Headquarters Taking Shape
Japan-Based HIROTEC AMERICA Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

 

New HIROTEC AMERICA Headquarters Taking Shape

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

There are few things more beautiful than the skeleton of a new building taking shape.  In about nine months, the site pictured below will come to life as the mammoth headquarters for the Americas for HIROTEC AMERICA.  The $22.8 million facility will employ hundreds of people when finished.  To learn more about this project click here.

This new structure is being built at the intersection of Cross Creek Parkway and High Meadow Circle

This new structure is being built at the intersection of Cross Creek Parkway and High Meadow Circle

HIROTEC AMERICA is one of many large-scale projects currently under construction in the City of Auburn Hills.  Many may not know that these projects require constant inspections for code compliance and safety, at every step of the construction process, by City staff and consultants.  It takes a real team effort between the City and the developer to stay on the same page to keep complex projects like these on track for completion.

As you can imagine, it’s a very exciting … and busy … time for our community.

 

Japan-Based HIROTEC AMERICA Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Construction is underway on the new 213,979 sq. ft. headquarters for the Americas for HIROTEC AMERICA (formerly TESCO Engineering) in the Oakland Technology Park.  The $22.8 million facility is anticipated to be complete by August 2015.

The site is located on the south side of the corner of Cross Creek Parkway and High Meadow Circle

The site is located on the south side of the corner of Cross Creek Parkway and High Meadow Circle

HIROTEC AMERICA designs and manufactures assembly lines used to make doors, hoods, and other body panels for automobile manufacturers around the world, including GM, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, and BMW, among others.  The business is part of a larger group of companies that are collectively owned by Japan’s HIROTEC Corporation.

The company first came to our town in 1992 when they built their current facility located at 4567 Glenmeade Lane, which is now 170,000 sq. ft. in size.  They plan to keep both buildings operating and will float around 450 people (conservative number) between the two locations.

Rendering of the proposed building

Rendering of the proposed building

HIROTEC AMERICA could have located their headquarters anywhere in Southeast Michigan, so their decision to remain and expand in Auburn Hills is great news for our community.