A Calgary-based robotics intralogistics sector company is the latest to receive from from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. It will receive up to $4.5 million to expand its operations in the city.
In a news release, it was announced that the funding will support the scaling up of ATTAbotics manufacturing facilities in Calgary that will support 150 new full-time positions. Another 15 jobs will be created in construction of new production lines for the innovative product storage and retrieval systems.
“ATTAbotics is exactly the kind of company we want to support with OCIF. It’s local, it’s disruptive, and it’s looking to grow right here in Calgary,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who is a member of the OCIF board, in a statement. “Competition from other cities is intense, so it’s critical we have a tool like OCIF to help an innovative, game-changing company grow in its hometown.”
ATTAbotics said it designs and manufactures automated storage and retrieval systems to store, access and move warehoused goods with robotics. In the fast-evolving world of e-commerce, logistics are vitally important and ATTAbotics systems have the potential to disrupt the sector.
The city has identified transportation and logistics as a key sector for future economic growth.
“OCIF funding was critical in determining if we would be able to scale up our manufacturing in Calgary,” said Scott Gravelle, who co-founded ATTAbotics in 2016 and is the company’s CEO. “ATTAbotics is an economic engine for e-commerce operations and we are proud the systems and technology we are exporting worldwide are developed in Calgary.”
In the announcement, it said OCIF funding will support construction of two production lines at a new facility in the YYC Global Logistics Park at Calgary International Airport. The first node will be in production in 2019, with the second in 2020. If its business development strategy proceeds as projected, ATTAbotics intends to build a new corporate headquarters and research campus at the site.
“This announcement by ATTAbotics is proof YYC is not just about planes and runways. We’re driving innovation by creating a campus business district where companies like ATTAbotics can help other traditional supply chain management companies innovate,” said Bob Sartor, president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority.
The Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund was launched by the City of Calgary in April 2018 to support investments within the city that spur growth and create jobs in strategic sectors.