Just two years ago, executives and employees from Burkert Fluid Control Systems gathered together with representatives from Mecklenburg County, the Town of Huntersville, and Lake Norman Economic Development for the groundbreaking ceremony of Burkert’s new multi-million dollar campus on a 98-acre parcel of wooded forest and farmland in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Burkert Fluid Control Systems is one of the world's leading manufacturers of measurement and control systems for liquids and gases. Burkert originated the first solenoid valve over 50 years ago and has kept innovating ever since. The Burkert type 2000 angle-seat valve was the first of its kind and has been often imitated, but never duplicated as a solution for tough-to-solve steam and liquid control applications. Today, Burkert continues in the quest to provide revolutionary customer-focused solutions controlling liquids and gases with the introduction of the Type 8905 Online Analysis System which strictly monitors the purity of process water before it is released back into environment and the new Ozone Sterilization System, which uses patented sterilization process to guarantee sterility of connections in the pharmaceutical production process.
On April 3rd, 2017 Burkert will host a grand opening celebration at their 173,000 square-foot U.S. Headquarters designed by WHN+ Architects. In late 2016, the facility garnered an Eagle Award for the design-build of the project by Edifice General Contractors from the ABC (Associated Builders & Contractors) of the Carolinas.
Currently 100 employees utilize the campus which boasts floor to ceiling windows throughout the entire office space, a fitness center with an indoor half basketball court, and two-story atrium that runs the length of the building. A 43.7kW solar farm comprised of 366 panels on the roof supplies power directly to the facility and transfers power back to the grid during low usage. To reduce lighting needs, four separate bays of skylights plus 14 Solatubes provide natural daylight to our employees in the climate controlled production and warehouse area. The manufacturing area includes two separate CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine shops to produce manifolds designed by our engineers. Valve systems are assembled and tested in our class 10,000 Clean Room.
The commitment to Huntersville and the greater Charlotte metropolitan area continues beyond the additional new direct employment opportunities this expansion has allowed. Local vendors and products are used extensively throughout the facility; including conference tables and the front reception desk created by local artisans, reclaimed wood from a nearby barn transformed by into hand-made indoor planters, and a tree pulled from the property during construction was turned into several conference tables.
As part of the April 3rd celebration, members of the Bürkert family will welcome local government leaders, business owners, employees and customers to the official Grand Opening of the new Burkert USA Headquarters. After a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the facility, participants will be invited to a “Taste of North Carolina” for lunch, sampling food and beverages from the region supplied by local restaurants, breweries and several food trucks.