December 7th, 2022

The Right Place assists Axis Automation with Walker expansion

Automation company to add 50 jobs, invest $5.7 million to expand location in Walker

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Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced that automation solutions provider Axis Automation will be expanding their facility at 3220 Northridge Dr. NW in Walker. The company plans to add 50 new high-tech STEM jobs and $5.7M in capital investment to support demand from new customers and markets.

Axis Automation is an automation solutions provider for manufacturers. Established in 2015, the mission of Axis is to support the adoption of automation solutions that empower people and enhance productivity. The Axis team conceptualizes, engineers and builds equipment specializing in robotics, assembly, joining, conveyance and vision applications for a wide variety of industries.

“Continuing our growth in Michigan enables us to confidently invest in our team and facilities which, at the end of the day, support our customers and mission,” said Ryan Ruster, Lead Project Manager, Axis Automation. “The MEDC and The Right Place have both been very supportive of Axis and we are grateful for the partnership. Their support has proven critical to our continued growth in Michigan.”

The Right Place worked closely with the MEDC to ensure the company continued its growth in the region rather than out-of-state locations. With the approval of a $500,000 Jobs Ready Michigan performance-based recruitment and training grant, the MEDC is supporting the expansion through the Michigan Strategic Fund. Axis Automation plans to invest heavily in recruiting, training, and retraining STEM-oriented talent.

“Axis Automation is an incredibly experienced team of manufacturing and technology integration professionals,” said Jen Wangler, Vice President of Technology at The Right Place and project lead. “Their decision to stay in the area helps us continue our work of advancing manufacturers through technology integration and establishing our region as the next tech hub of the Midwest. We’re excited that they can continue to grow their team here in West Michigan.”

“We are excited that Axis Automation has chosen to expand their operations in Walker. Just as their automation solutions enhance productivity and empower their customer’s employees, Axis Automation has a strong history of innovation meeting productivity within their own workplace culture,” said Walker Mayor Gary Carey, Jr. “Axis Automation is adding to a growing list of diverse manufacturing and service businesses that call our Northridge industrial park home. These new jobs and capital investment in our city provide the fuel that drives the thriving Walker economy.”