International motion control technology firm Harmonic Drive LLC is ready to occupy its new US headquarters at the growing Dunham Ridge campus. The company recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 97,000-square-foot property, which houses office and manufacturing functions. Attendees included leaders from the firm’s Japanese parent company, including CEO Akira Nagai and Chairman Mitsumasa Ito, as well as Beverly Mayor Mike Cahill, and Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy.
In a sentimental twist, the firm has historical ties to both Beverly and the Cummings portfolio: Components of Harmonic Drive’s foundational technology were commercialized at Beverly’s United Shoe Machinery Company, whose headquarters is now home to the Cummings Center campus. Harmonic Drive vice president of sales Bob Mullins recently told the The Salem News, “So, in effect, our company originated in Beverly in 1960, and it is returning home to Beverly after 60 years.”
Dunham Ridge is flanked by scenic Norwood Pond, several acres of conservation land, and Dunham Castle Condominiums. Its rapidly expanding business community currently includes surgical instrument manufacturer Microline Surgical, international flavor and extract manufacturer Prova, pharmaceutical safety company spmd, and smart-home technology integration firm System 7.