German-based Wacker Chemical Corp. has selected Troy’s Kirco and Kirco Manix to develop and construct its more than $50 million, 140,000-square-foot North American Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Pittsfield Township, south of Ann Arbor.
The new Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters will house advanced research and design activities, and be designed to offer enhanced employee collaboration. The building capacity of more than 300 employees will include those who will relocate from Wacker’s current regional headquarters in Adrian (southwest of Ann Arbor), as well as up to 70 new jobs to be added in the coming years.
Wacker will continue its production of elastomers, silicone fluids, and silicone emulsions at its existing Adrian operations.
“Despite these extraordinary times, Wacker remained committed to investing in its people and its future in Ann Arbor and we are honored to be a part of it,” says Quinn Kiriluk, executive vice president of corporate real estate and chief marketing officer for Kirco. “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the team augmented seamlessly to the virtual world, advancing design development and successfully obtained both site plan approval and vital economic incentives.”
According to Kiriluk, Kirco and Kirco Manix have extensive experience in corporate headquarters, laboratories and R&D facilities, and brings a “unique solution” to its corporate real estate clients. With in-house development, construction, and facility management services, their vertically integrated approach and attention to detail offers clients a single point of accountability and a truly enjoyable journey.
“We appreciate the partnership with the Kirco and Kirco Manix team and are excited to take the next step forward with our Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Michigan,” says Greg Brabec, director of advocacy and special projects for Wacker. “This first-class facility will support future growth in the state and allow WACKER to have an important anchor in one of the nation’s leading R&D corridors surrounded by great community partners.”
Construction of Wacker’s North American Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters begins this month and is expected to be completed in March 2022.