Wilsonville-headquartered manufacturer to open Sherwood facility
Another large manufacturing firm has set its sights on Sherwood, specifically in a rapidly expanding corridor just off bustling Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road.
DWFritz Automation, a leader in providing custom, high-precision automation solutions involving advanced manufacturing, has announced plans to locate in an 80,000-square-foot facility at 21150 S.W. Cipole Place.
The building, which will be built in the Trammell Crow Corporate Park, features 40-foot-tall ceilings along with 50 feet between building columns, providing massive space for the business to operate.
"Demand for automation in advanced manufacturing continues to grow and we are making long-term investments in our ability to grow with it," Mike Fritz, chief executive officer of DWFritz Automation, wrote in a news release. "This new facility represents a significant growth opportunity for us, expanding our capabilities and throughput capacity."
Fritz said the space will increase operational efficiency and enable employees to collaborate in new ways.
Sherwood Mayor Keith Mays said he's thrilled the company has selected Sherwood for its major expansion.
"Sherwood is focused on encouraging the continued growth of innovative, high-precision advanced manufacturing companies in our community," Mays said in a statement. "DWFritz is precisely the type of world-class manufacturing company we seek to attract to Sherwood as we continue to develop 2 million square feet of new industrial and manufacturing space in Sherwood over the next few years."
Headquartered in Wilsonville, DWFritz has manufacturing facilities in China and offices in France. The new building will boost its production space worldwide to more than 250,000 square feet.
The new building is also LEED-certified, meaning it is recognized for attaining a "green," or environmentally friendly, standard of design, construction and operations.
DWFritz will be the second manufacturer to occupy the Trammell Crow Corporate Park, which is located on the southwest corner of Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road and 124th Avenue.
In April, NSI, a leading supplier of complex, ultra-high-purity gas, chemical delivery systems and sensing technologies, announced its plans to move into a 62,000-square-foot facility at the site.
Bruce Coleman, Sherwood's economic development manager, said the addition of DWFritz Automation will help the city achieve its objective of promoting global tech investment, which will benefit the city's economy.
"This is particularly exciting because they join Lam Research and NSI/Nuance Systems, which also recently chose to locate in Sherwood — helping to cement our position as a community that welcomes technology/advanced manufacturing firms," Coleman said.
In December 2021, Lam Research opened a Sherwood manufacturing facility in the new Cipole Industrial Park on the north side of Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road, between Cipole Road and Wildrose Place.
The Tualatin-Sherwood Road corridor isn't the only location Sherwood is seeing major investment.
Schnitzer Properties has approval to build three multi-tenant buildings on the east side of Southwest Oregon Street, just to the south of Tualatin-Sherwood Road and north of Tonquin Road, said Coleman. The same company is also working on a submittal for phase two of that project, which will add another 500,000 square feet for tech development, he added.
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