KIRCO & KIRCO MANIX Break Ground on Oerlikon Manufacturing and R&D Facility

KIRCO & KIRCO MANIX Break Ground on Oerlikon Manufacturing and R&D Facility

KIRCO & KIRCO MANIX Break Ground on Oerlikon Manufacturing and R&D Facility

Troy, Mich., March 3, 2017 – KIRCO & KIRCO MANIX recently broke ground on a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility for Oerlikon at 41144 Concept Drive in Plymouth Township, Mich.  The 80,000 square foot building will house approximately 70 employees and represents over $50 million of new investment into the community. Oerlikon has signed a long-term lease with KIRCO & KIRCO MANIX, the development and construction partner on the project.

 “We’re excited to team up with Oerlikon on this marque project, it’s been a true partnership from the beginning,” said Adam D. Manix, director – Business Development for KIRCO MANIX. “We take pride in our ability to handle highly complex corporate build-to-suit projects. Our continued success is a testament to our great people and the suite of vertically-integrated services we provide.”


“Part of the reason we selected KIRCO MANIX for this project was due to the fact each member of the management team is well qualified to cover their area of responsibility and each exhibited a high-level of confidence for managing cost, schedule, quality and safety on large, technically complicated projects,” said Richard Plautz, senior project manager, Oerlikon. “In addition, the team consisted of members who have been with the company for a long time, who not only care about each other, but also their customers.”

The new facility will strengthen Oerlikon’s position in the additive manufacturing, 3-D printing, and high-end surface coating markets.  They will be producing advanced titanium alloys and high-end thermal spray powders which will then be packaged and shipped to automotive, aerospace, agricultural, and medical customers around the world.  The high-tech lab area will allow for the research and development of titanium and other alloys such as nickel, copper, iron and cobalt.  The facility is expected to be ready for occupancy by Spring of 2018.

About Oerlikon

Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 13,500 employees at more than 170 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.7 billion in 2015. The company invested CHF 103 million in R&D in 2015 and has over 1,350 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.


KIRCO is an award winning, full service, vertically-integrated commercial real estate organization.  Having planned and developed over 30 million square feet, KIRCO is a major developer of build-to-suit own or lease properties coast to coast.  The company’s vertically-integrated structure, including development, construction and property management, works together as one extraordinary unit to bring out the best in every project in which it plays a role.  KIRCO is third-generation family owned and operated, and has expertise in the office, industrial, retail, senior living and healthcare sectors.  Founded in 1974, KIRCO is headquartered in Troy, Michigan with presence in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama.


KIRCO MANIX provides construction management services in office, light and heavy manufacturing, distribution, retail, healthcare and community market sectors. The company has operated throughout the region since 1929 and combines the experience of two well-established construction firms, Campbell / Manix and KIRCO Construction. With total construction volume exceeding $3 billion, KIRCO MANIX offers customers a unique, full-service approach by managing the design, engineering and construction phase through the eyes of an owner.

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