DETROIT, DECEMBER 3, 2018 – Gallagher-Kaiser (GK) planted their roots in the Motor City over 66 years ago on Selkirk Avenue. Today, now a billion dollar company, GK announced plans to expand their existing 100,000 SQFT manufacturing facility on Mt. Elliott street in Detroit and purchase the neighboring 10 acre lot, with a 150,000 SQFT building next door. The purchase extends beyond real estate as the corporation has also made a substantial financial investment in the latest cutting and metal forming equipment available today. Gallagher-Kaiser will now have the most sophisticated and efficient metal fabrication facility in North America.
The expansion is emblematic of GK’s commitment to not only the state of Michigan, but to the new era of innovation in Detroit.
Gallagher-Kaiser’s modular build capabilities have nearly doubled in the last 5 years. The additional square footage will bolster that existing growth and further support the company’s aggressive safety, schedule and cost savings goals, exceeding all industry standards with unprecedented levels of efficiency.
The space will also house GK’s Research and Development team, supporting the company’s goal of keeping innovation at the forefront and providing significantly more space for safely testing new technology. Gallagher-Kaiser’s 120,000 SQFT corporate headquarters will remain in Troy, MI.
“This decision made sense for many reasons. Logistically, it was a no-brainer; it’s a seamless expansion. Our company has grown tremendously in recent years and this investment represents our goal to remain the best,” said CEO, Bob Kaiser. “This is where we came from. We’ve been here since day one; experiencing all of the ups and the downs of the automotive industry. I’m so proud we can be a part of the city’s growth; it’s an exciting time. Detroit is home and there is no place else we’d rather be.”
GK will continue to employ a workforce from Local Union 292; providing them with the most technologically advanced, 250,000 SQFT sheet metal fabrication shop in the industry to operate from.
This meaningful investment is symbolic of Gallagher-Kaiser’s uncompromising determination to not only remain the world leader in the engineering, procurement and construction of industrial paint finishing systems; but to substantially expand their capabilities.
Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation. Founded in 1952, Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation (GK) is a privately owned, Michigan based turn-key supplier of paint finishing systems, commercial HVAC and mechanical automotive systems. GK has grown to become the world’s top paint finishing supplier. Universal Piping Industries (UPI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gallagher-Kaiser. More information on GK and its subsidiary can be found at www.gkcorp.com.
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Taylor L. Andress