The developer of manufacturing automation systems adds capacity in California with purchase of Oakland-based machine building firm

 December 21, 2021

CARLSBAD, Calif.—Intelligent automation firm MiQ Partners has purchased CKC Engineering, an Oakland company that builds precision automation machines. According to a release from MiQ, the acquisition is designed to increase its local services and support for existing clients in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, and to further its capacity to serve additional clients across the life sciences and other industries.

The addition of the 17,000-square-foot facility brings MiQ’s total capacity to 155,000 square feet. The company also operates a 38,000-square-foot plant in Carlsbad and a 100,000-square-foot facility in West Chester, Ohio.

CKC Engineering brings complementary expertise in automation for the life sciences industry, having provided custom automation machines for the global brands Baxter, Medtronic, and Boston Scientific. Its specialty automation services are used in aseptic syringe filling, vertical farming manufacturing, and packaging for medicinal products, according to the release.

“The addition of CKC Engineering helps to complete the vision of MiQ Partners to be a single source for comprehensive automation solutions for life sciences in California,” said MiQ Partners CEO Olaf Tessarzyk, in a statement. “Our Carlsbad facility has doubled in size, helping to contribute to the burgeoning growth of life sciences manufacturing in California.

“This acquisition now allows us to partner with companies across the entire West Coast, helping to increase efficiencies for a wide variety of leaders in both the life sciences and other industries,” Tessarzyk continued. “MiQ and CKC represent proven engineers with innovative minds that are driving unparalleled outcomes for clients nationwide.”

MiQ Partners was founded in 2019, when TSS Technologies and R&3D Automation were acquired by Resilience Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Cleveland, Ohio. The businesses were integrated to form MiQ Partners, a new platform focusing on intelligent automation services across the life sciences, aerospace, industrial, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) sectors.

Services offered by MiQ Partners are reported to include custom automation, as well as contract manufacturing, build to print, contract machining, and engineering design services. The company has earned ISO 13485:2016, AS9100D, and 9001:2015 certifications.

“This acquisition is a major milestone for MiQ’s vision to become the dominant provider of custom automation solutions in manufacturing across industries, helping move companies and economies forward as our nation ramps up production for critical products,” said Ki Mixon, a partner at Resilience Capital, in the release. “We at Resilience are pleased with the progress MIQ is making as a business, and the impact this highly accomplished team is having on the production goals of its clients nationwide.”

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