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Yaskawa America Announces New Motoman Robotics Facility Location

POSTED 06/24/2010

ton, Ohio (June 23, 2010)  – Yaskawa America, Inc. is very pleased to announce that its Motoman Robotics division, a leading manufacturer of robots and robotic automation solutions, has executed an Option Agreement to secure property at the newly developed Austin Road interchange just south of Dayton, Ohio, for its new 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art office and production facility.

This new facility, which will serve as Motoman Robotics’ new North American headquarters, will combine the current West Carrollton, Ohio headquarters, along with a manufacturing plant and a warehouse located in Troy, Ohio.  The new facility will house approximately 250-275 employees, with the plan to expand the employee base and facility as the company expands its operations.  The facility plan allows for the building to be expanded by an additional 200,000 square feet to support Motoman Robotics’ planned growth.

“Motoman Robotics is extremely happy to be able to maintain its operations in the Dayton, Ohio region at a premier location for business and retail operations.  With the unification of Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. and Motoman Inc. into one company (Yaskawa America, Inc.) which occurred effective June 1, 2010, and now the finalization of plans for our new state-of-the-art facility which will allow Motoman Robotics to serve our customers more efficiently, we feel that we are exceptionally well-positioned for future growth,” stated Steve Barhorst, President and COO of Motoman Robotics.

Barhorst also expressed the company’s appreciation to state and local governmental officials, Montgomery County, the City of Miamisburg, the Dayton and Montgomery County Port Authority, the Transportation Improvement District and RG Properties, among others, for all of their efforts and interests in maintaining Motoman Robotics’ operations in Ohio.

The new facility will be located approximately five miles south of Motoman Robotics’ current headquarters facility in West Carrollton, Ohio.  The new building will be conveniently located off the southbound I-75 exit ramp at the new Austin Road interchange (Exit 41), which will allow for easy customer access.  Hotels and restaurants are also conveniently located nearby for visiting customers and students.

The building design for the facility is currently underway.  Construction of the facility is contingent upon completion and approval of financing arrangements, as well as finalization of State of Ohio incentives which have been discussed and/or pledged.  Subject to resolution of these contingencies, construction is expected to begin in July 2010 with a move-in date of June 2011.

Motoman Robotics also has facilities in Detroit, Michigan; Irvine, California; Mississauga and Pointe Claire, Canada; Aguascalientes and Apodaca, Mexico and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

About Motoman Robotics Division and Yaskawa
Motoman Robotics, a division of Yaskawa America, Inc., was founded in 1989 and has grown to become the second largest robotics company in the Americas with an installed based of approximately 30,000 units. Its products include robotic automation solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application, including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal and spot welding operations. Motoman Robotics’ parent, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, is the world’s leading robot manufacturer with an installed base of more than 200,000 robots and is the world’s largest manufacturer of AC drives and motion control products, including adjustable frequency drives, servo amplifiers, servomotors, machine controllers and motion controllers. For more information, visit www.motoman.com.