Hemmer expanding Mazak’s Regional Technology Center in Chicago
FLORENCE, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2012) ? Mazak Corp. has called on the Paul Hemmer Co. to build Mazak an expanded Midwest Regional Headquarters and Technology Center in the Chicago area. Construction on the $6.1 million project is now underway and on track for spring completion.
Hemmer has managed more than 20 construction projects for Florence, Ky.-based Mazak, including the construction in 2010 of Mazak’s Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas.
The current project by Hemmer will add 16,849 s.f. to Mazak’s Midwest headquarters, located at 300 East Commerce Drive in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill. The expanded facility will be 49,000 sq.ft. and feature a new auditorium space, more room for seminars, and a spacious area for customer turnkey projects and test cuts, as well as expanded machine tool technology demonstration facilities.
“We have a successful, long-time relationship with the Paul Hemmer Co., and we appreciate that we can count on Hemmer for our construction needs and to move this project quickly,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corp. “The vibrant manufacturing market and our long-term commitment to customers in the Midwest convinced us to accelerate our expansion of our Technology Center in Illinois.”
Mazak is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Its Illinois center is one of eight Technology Centers that Mazak maintains across North America to provide hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers. The Illinois expansion represents Mazak’s continuous investment in American manufacturing and coincides with other recent investments, including its new facility in Houston and a $9 million production expansion at its manufacturing campus in Florence, Ky., to meet customer demand.
Karl Heitman of Heitman Architects in Chicago is the architect for the Illinois project.
Paul Hemmer Co. is a construction management, building services and real estate development firm with a history in the Tri-state dating back to 1921, when it began operation as the John M. Hemmer Construction Company. Reorganized in 1982 as the Paul Hemmer Company, it has since developed for sale and investment more than six million square feet of industrial, commercial and retail property in Greater Cincinnati and throughout the United States. Specializing in design/build industrial, commercial, and retail construction, Paul Hemmer Company also offers real estate services including site selection, leasing, sales, and property and asset management. Its newest venture is Building Management Partners (BMP), a joint Hemmer-Messer enterprise formed in 2010 to provide building maintenance, management and analysis services to building owners. Visit: www.PaulHemmer.com and www.BuildingManagementPartners.com.
Below, architect’s rendering of the completed Mazak Midwest Regional Headquarters and Technology Center.