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ATI Industrial Automation expands HQ

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General Controls/Drives ATI Industrial Automation facility expansion Robotic Tool Changer

Huge operations expansion will increase capacity and create 200 new jobs.

APEX, NC—ATI Industrial Automation is breaking ground on an operations expansion at its corporate headquarters in Apex, NC, on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM.

Driven by high demand for ATI’s end-effector products, the expansion will not only add 200 new jobs, but will more than double the robotics tool manufacturing operations to 129,000 square feet.

ATRI chairman Keith Morris says, “Global pressure for ever-higher manufacturing productivity continues to drive demand for our products. This facility expansion will carry us well into the future, enabling us to continue to reduce lead times while providing a superior level of quality.”

The two-phase expansion will begin construction immediately, with phase two beginning in three to five years.


ATI was established in 1989 out of a small office in Garner, NC, by three engineers and current ATI employees: Morris; chief executive officer Robert Little; and chief sensor technologist Dwayne Perry, who sough to produce the best robotic productivity tools available.

Since then, the employee-owned firm has grown from a mere handful of employees to over 200 with their corporate and manufacturing headquarters in Apex, N.C. and offices in Michigan, China, and Brazil.

Since 1998, ATI has increased its revenue tenfold and has become a market leader in robotics products.

Recognized throughout the world for quality and reliability, ATI products are improving productivity in an array of industries, including robotics, aerospace, biomedical, automotive, electronics, applied research, academics, nuclear, and governmental.

ATI’s Little credits the company’s strong revenue growth to the diversity of customer applications that ATI serves: “This diversity in our customer base coupled with our focus on innovation and customer service has allowed us to succeed in a sluggish global economy despite lower-cost competition from overseas.

“Over 40 percent of our sales are exported to world markets and we expect that percentage to increase. We’ve created 50 new jobs since our 2011 expansion and this new expansion will create an additional 200 jobs.”

ATI has received a variety of accolades and awards over the years including the 2009 and 2011 Progressive Manufacturing PM100 Award, which recognizes best-in-class manufacturers from the U.S. and abroad. For the seventh time in history, ATI was named to the prestigious Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 50 Program for North Carolina, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in North Carolina.  ATI has also been awarded numerous patents for a variety of product innovations and improvements.

ATI Industrial Automation is the leading engineering-based world developer of robotic accessories and robot arm tooling, including robotic tool changers, multi-axis force/torque sensing systems, utility couplers, manual tool changers, robotic deburring tools, robotic collision sensors, and compliance devices. Manufactured entirely in the USA, ATI’s products enable its customers to achieve a high level of flexibility in robotic automation.

Their robot end-effector products are found in thousands of successful applications around the world. ATI’s flagship product is the Robotic Tool Changer, a robotic wrist coupling that locks and unlocks automatically, allowing a single robot to perform many different tasks. ATI products are implemented in some of the world’s most renowned corporations and organizations including NASA, Ford, Honda, and Johns Hopkins University.

For more information about ATI products and the operations expansion, contact Charles Haines, ATI marketing manager 1-919-772-0115; fax 919-772-8259, e-mail at, or visit


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