'We're going to be out of space': Advanced Design Plans for Expansion (CNY Business Journal Article)
07/15/2005 - 11/30/-0001
LANSING — Advanced Design Consulting USA, Inc. (ADC) is looking to more than triple its space with a new building. The company, founded in 1995, is an engineering and scientific-consulting firm that also manufactures the products it designs for clients. ADC, which has annual sales of about $4 million, provides devices, integrated systems, and high-precision components and instruments to commercial firms and academic and government institutions throughout the world.
Advanced Design Consulting, USA, Inc. — an engineering and scientific-consulting firm that also manufactures the products it designs for clients — plans to relocate to a new building within the next year and a half. The new building will have at least 50,000 square feet and cost $3 million to $5 million to build. Advanced Design plans for expansion Fagliarone Group
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It works in the areas like precision robotics, sub-micron positioning systems, and optical systems.
The employee-owned company wants to move into its new building within about a year and a half, says Alexander Deyhim, president. Its current facility, which it owns, has about 15,000 square feet of office, testing and assembly, and manufacturing space.
The new building would have at least 50,000 square feet and cost $3 million to $5 million to build, Deyhim says.
ADC is still looking for land for the new facility. Deyhim says the company wants enough land so it can plan for future expansion.
He wants the eventual site to have at least 50 to 70 acres and be able to support new buildings in the future.
"You can't just say OK, I'm going to expand. You have to think into the future. We want to design this thing so five, 10, 15 years down the line, we'll have room to grow," Deyhim says. "that really helps when you try to go after large contracts. If your customers see you've planned everything properly, it makes a huge difference."
The company has not yet hired an architect or construction company for the project.
ADC needs a new building because it is rapidly running out of room in its current facility, thanks to its growth.
"We know we're going to be out of space a year and a half from now," Deyhim says.
Deyhim attributes the company's growth to its diversity.
"The business model we use, most people laugh at us," he says. "They think the company is so diverse, we're going to go belly up any day now."
ADC's products include a broad rage of devices. For example, the company is developing a sensor device that can be dropped into wet concrete.
It can then monitor the integrity and strength of the concrete after it has dried.
The company is also developing a device called a shock counter for the military, which monitors the performance of machine guns.
The company's diversity requires a unique type of employee. ADC employs 34 people currently.
"You might be working on a very detailed mechanical device, and then you have to be able to switch and go and start working on Kevlar rope for the Navy," Deyhim says.
Employees, however, don't seem to mind.
"You talk to these people, and they say it's like a sandbox for them," he says. "They just love it."
Once the new building is up, Deyhim says the company will probably add 170 employees.
The goal is to plan the new facility will enough so that it could grow to support billions of dollars in sales and thousands of employees, Deyhim says.
"People have seen our growth little by little over the years," he says. "A lot of people thought we would go belly up, but we're still here and we're going to keep growing."