Growing Robotics Manufacturer in the Quad Cities

August  05, 2014

      One of the nation's largest robotics manufacturers has expanded its home in the Quad Cities. Today, Genesis Systems Group held a ribbon-cutting for its new building in Davenport.

      This is the 31-year-old company's second building in Davenport. CEO Joel Lorentzen says it gives the company a competitive edge in a growing market. 

        "It might take us 5 or 6 weeks to get everything in and get it built. Now we can do that particular component in a week. This whole facility is set up with that speed idea in mind; that we'll be the fastest to produce the components that we use in our solutions. We'll be the fastest in the world."

      Genesis Systems renovated the 61,000 square foot facility last September, then began production four months later. The company added 13 jobs with the $4.6 million dollar project, and now has 169 employees.

      Lorentzen says the company's reputation and growth has everything to do with its  employees, who have "humility" and "technical fearlessness."

     "I think it has a lot to do with the rural background that is kind of the legacy of the area, and I think it has a lot to do with the school systems and a lot to do with Midwest parenting that causes these people to be what they are. I can't go other places in the world and get that same thing."

      Genesis Systems Group's expansion is part of a three-phase growth plan, which includes developing aerospace technology and opening offices overseas. 


(Photo: CEO Joel Lorentzen, center, with Genesis employees, city officials and members of the Chamber of Commerce.)