From concept to completion, Edgewater Automation bridges innovative technology and sustainability 

With locations in St Joseph, Michigan, Buchanan, Michigan and Spartanburg, South Carolina, Edgewater Automation empowers businesses with innovative solutions and custom automation equipment to face today’s dynamic global manufacturing environment. Priding itself on providing a comprehensive suite of products and services, the business strives to meet the diverse needs of its customer base. 

“Edgewater Automation was established in 2001 by owner, Rick Blake, with the vison to provide state-of-the-art automation solutions tailored to diverse industries,” begins Tim Tate, President. “Over the years, we’ve evolved from a small company into a leading name in the automation sector, known for our innovative designs and dependable systems. Our journey has been one of constant growth, driven by our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. 

“Our offering spans a wide spectrum, encompassing custom automation systems, contract manufacturing, robotic and vision integration, assembly and testing systems, as well as fabrication, machining, and manufacturing services. We specialize in delivering unique automation solutions and fabrications across a wide range of industries, including automotive and transportation, consumer goods, electronics and battery manufacturing, general manufacturing, and life sciences, including medical and pharmaceutical sectors. 

“We also offer ongoing support and maintenance services to ensure the longevity and peak performance of our systems, but what really sets us apart is our steadfast dedication to both quality and innovation,” he continues. “At the core of our business is a commitment to creating unique solutions tailored precisely to the individual requirements of each customer. This ensures not just functionality but also drives long-lasting performance and efficiency.” 

Turning to the manufacturing process, Tim explains: “We operate three cutting-edge facilities, each strategically located to maximize our operational capabilities and better serve our diverse clientele. Our headquarters for custom automation is in the vibrant community of Saint Joseph, Michigan, where innovation thrives amidst picturesque landscapes and our expert team harnesses the latest advancements in technology to design and engineer unique solutions. 

“In nearby Buchanan, Michigan, our expansive assembly space and fabrication and machining division are in a 250,000 square-foot facility serving as the epicenter for large-scale automation and manufacturing projects. Lastly, our custom automation facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, boasts state-of-the-art machinery and specializes in turning customers’ visions into reality with precision projects. 

“Across all three locations, our commitment to excellence is unwavering. From fabrication and precision machining to automated assembly and rigorous quality control, we are committed to optimizing our manufacturing processes for maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Through the implementation of lean manufacturing principles, we streamline workflows and minimize waste, ensuring that every step of our journey adds value to our products and our customers. 

“At Edgewater Automation, technology is not just a tool; it’s the very heartbeat of our operations,” he states. “Technology permeates every aspect of our operations, and we harness the power of cutting-edge robotics, machine vision systems, and IoT technologies. This ensures that we not only remain competitive at the forefront of technological innovation but also means we’re fully equipped to meet the ever-changing needs of our valued customers.” 

To stay ahead of the curve, the business actively engages in collaboration. “We engage with industry partners and academic institutions, leveraging their expertise to swiftly identify and address emerging challenges and opportunities,” Tim explains. “By embracing a culture of continuous innovation, we not only ensure our products remain at the cutting-edge of industry trends but also drive them forward, shaping the future of automation with every breakthrough.” 

With a steadfast commitment to innovative solutions that propel the automation industry forward, Edgewater Automation is sure to continue harnessing the power of technology. In early 2024, the leadership team underwent some strategic changes with Rick Blake becoming CEO and Tim promoted to President to bring fresh perspectives and instill a renewed focus on innovation and customer-centricity. 

“Together, we are united as ‘One Edgewater.’ Our mission is to drive innovation, deliver exceptional value to our customers and chart a course for sustained growth and longevity in the automation sector,” Tim suggests. “As we embark on this journey, our dedication to sustainability is a crucial aspect of our identity that drives everything we do, and our efforts extend beyond mere compliance; they reflect our deep-seated commitment to making a positive impact on the world. Edgewater Automation is here to stay, competing not just for today but for the long haul, driven by our shared values and unwavering dedication to sustainability and excellence. 

“Looking ahead over the next five years, my vision for Edgewater Automation is one of global leadership and unwavering excellence in the automation industry. Our strategic focus will be on expanding our footprint in key markets as we aspire to be recognized worldwide for our innovative solutions and unparalleled commitment to customer service. Through continuous investment in research and development, we’ll push the boundaries of technology to drive efficiency and productivity. 

“However, our ambitions extend far beyond short-term gains,” Tim concludes. “We’re building a future where Edgewater Automation is synonymous with sustainability and forward-thinking leadership. By setting the standard for automation excellence, we aim to leave a lasting legacy that transforms industries and improves lives around the globe. We firmly believe that innovation and responsibility are interconnected, and we’re committed to leading by example in our industry and beyond.”