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Beckhoff Automation Opens New North American Headquarters Office
Company relocates operations to a new 44,500 square foot facility in Savage, Minn., a Minneapolis area suburb
SAVAGE, Minnesota, April 16, 2013 ̶ After several years of rapidly growing sales and market share in North America, Beckhoff Automation LLC has relocated to Savage, Minn. where the company has constructed a modern business complex with over 44,500 square feet in combined office and warehouse space. With global sales of over $530 million in 2012 (based off euro currency conversion), Beckhoff Automation is a leading global supplier of automation technology and has its world headquarters in Verl, Germany.
The new Savage building, fully clad in Minnesota-sourced limestone of the same variety used in the Minnesota Twins’ home of Target Field, has more than triple the available space of its previous facility in three key areas: the general office space, warehouse and repair center. The new Beckhoff warehouse measures 15,000+ square feet while the state-of-the-art the Industrial PC repair center with exceptional ESD protection is 1,660+ square feet.
“Beckhoff Automation LLC first entered the North American market back
in 1999 and has averaged sales growth rates of over 20% every year,”
recounted Graham Harris, President, Beckhoff Automation. “Having joined
the company in 2002, I have witnessed growth from a small, ambitious
and young automation subsidiary into a $50 million regional business
for Beckhoff Automation GmbH. By building our own ultra-modern facility
in Savage, we have set the stage to grow Beckhoff’s North American
operations even further. In addition, we will continue our role in
growing the position of the Minneapolis area, and particularly Savage,
as a notable destination for automation and high tech industry in the
Reduced impact on the local environment: building automation and green building design
Beckhoff’s new North American headquarters is as energy efficient as it is comfortable by leveraging Beckhoff‘s own hardware and software for advanced building automation. The building’s lighting, heating/cooling, ventilation and window facades are all automated via PC-based control to reduce energy consuption. Daylight harvesting to set light levels is a major part of the system and the external environment is used for heating/cooling whenever possible. The Beckhoff control platform easily communicates with the wide variety of devices used in today’s intelligent buildings.
For example, DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is used to
connect the Beckhoff I/O system to light ballasts, MP Bus is used to
connect to the variable air volume boxes, BACnet is integrated for the
building’s boilers and rooftop units, SMTP is used to send maintenance
personnel email alerts when needed and Ethernet TCP/IP is heavily
utilized. Regarding Ethernet, Beckhoff’s new Savage office has a
“triple redundant” infrastructure, with full connectivity assured via
Cat 6 network cabling, fiber optic and cable media.
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