New Leadership at Edgewater Automation in Buchanan Jamen Blake promoted to Managing Director

Edgewater Automation, a global custom automation equipment supplier, named Jamen Blake Managing Director at their recently opened (2019) automation facility in Buchanan, MI.

Jamen has been with Edgewater since he was in high school, working summers, then full-time after graduating Hope College in 2012 with a degree in Business Management.

Jamen was part of the six-person start-up team in 2013 at Edgewater’s second automation facility in Spartanburg, SC; first as purchaser, setting up the supplier network, then as applications engineer, creating 3D machine simulations and then building growth as marketing manager, before moving into a project management role. When Jamen joined the automation facility in Buchanan as project manager in 2021, the Spartanburg facility had grown to 70 employees.

“I look forward to using my start-up experience to help take Buchanan to the next level, working with our other divisions to balance workloads and leverage strengths to grow together as one company,” Jamen says. “We want to carve out a world-class automation facility here in Buchanan, and we’re going to work hard for it.”

Jamen’s predecessor, Kevin Moynihan, continues with Edgewater Automation leading contract manufacturing and assembly. “Kevin is positioning us for exponential growth through collaboration with our exceptional team at the Edgewater Manufacturing Division in Buchanan,” says Edgewater President Rick Blake. “This is a great time for Kevin and Jamen to be in their respective roles as we integrate more and more innovation into our machine design and build.”

About Edgewater Automation

Founded in 2001, Edgewater designs and builds custom advanced automation equipment and manufactured structures and systems, including advanced robotics, machine vision, motion control, automated test and data acquisition, and software control and management solutions for all manufacturing industries. With five locations in Michigan and South Carolina and 286,500 square feet of floor space, Edgewater Automation supports customers in life sciences, automotive and commercial vehicles, consumer packaged goods, general manufacturing, electronics and battery manufacturing, and logistics. Edgewater has installed machines across 48 states, 19 countries, and 6 continents.