Austin Circuit Design—an advanced design and manufacturing firm specializing in mechanical, industrial, hardware, and software design—has found a new home in the 1,200-acre Richardson Innovation Quarter, also known as the Richardson IQ.
Originally founded in Austin in 1985, the company was acquired in 2015 by Chairman Michael Tieu and CEO Minh Nguyen, who later moved ACD to the Dallas suburb of Garland.
ACD moved its staff of 17 employees from its former Garland location to its new 7,600-square-foot headquarters at 1850 N. Greenville Avenue in The IQ. The building that now houses the company, an 82,432-square-foot facility known as Campbell Square, is located near Campbell Road and is owned by Maverick Commercial Real Estate.
Operations and relationships that ‘stretch around the world’
Mark Cottam, ACD’s chief operating officer, says his company has “employees, strategic relationships, operations, and solutions providers that stretch around the world.”
ACD’s U.S. presence also includes locations in Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and San Jose, California. Internationally, the company also operates in the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Malaysian markets.
“Our new home in The IQ helps us continue to drive strong company growth, focus on innovation, and ultimately deliver first-class customer success and satisfaction,” Cottam added in a statement. “Our employees and our company stand to gain tremendously from having our new corporate headquarters in Richardson’s hub of tech-focused innovation.”
‘An innovative company with a global reach’
Richardson City Manager Don Magner welcomed ACD’s addition to The IQ.
“ACD is an innovative company with a global reach,” Magner said in the statement. “It joins the many dynamic technology companies, entrepreneurs and researchers that already call The IQ and Richardson home. We look forward to supporting ACD’s future success and novel solutions as they continue to emerge, like so many others, from our burgeoning innovation district.”
Richardson IQ’s headquarters opened last September
The Richardson IQ’s headquarters opened last September in a bid to continue the city’s rich heritage of innovation and entrepreneurship. With a goal of being Texas’ premier tech hub, The IQ aims to be Richardson’s “living laboratory for big ideas and groundbreaking technology” and “a global influencer of technology and innovation.”
The IQ is currently home to companies including Argo Data, Digital Realty, Ericsson, Honeywell, id Software, Raytheon, Siemens, Verizon, and “a multitude of other of smaller nano and other technology operations.”
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