Germany’s Zeiss broke ground on a site outside of Detroit, Mich., that will consolidate four existing Michigan facilities into one location and provide room for growth. It will contain a customer demonstration area with new technologies and systems; offer training, support and metrology services; and house fixture system production and assembly. Company specialists will be able to perform proof-of-capability demonstrations for multidimensional measurement equipment, surface form and geometry equipment, and nondestructive testing and surface defect detection equipment.

The 82,800-square-foot facility, which will have approximately 170 employees, is expected to open in 2020. It will also be a center for aftermarket sales support where customers will receive training on how to use Zeiss software and systems. Additionally, software help-desk services will operate out of the facility.