Motion control company plans move to Morgan Hill


Watsonville-based Applied Motion Products announced recently that it purchased land to construct its new headquarters in Morgan Hill.

The new headquarters, set to be constructed in the Madrone Business Park, will consolidate all of the company’s U.S. operations that are currently conducted in two separate buildings on Westridge Drive in Watsonville, including production, warehouse, operations, engineering, customer service and executive management.

Applied Motion Products, founded in 1978, specializes in motion control products such as stepper and servo motors, drives, gearheads and power supplies.

According to the company, the larger facility will accommodate growth in the design and manufacture of motion control products.

“The new corporate headquarters marks a milestone in Applied Motion Products' growth,” said president and CEO Don Macleod. “The size, layout and location will allow us to optimize operations, better serve customers, accommodate business expansion and proactively collaborate with other tech companies in Silicon Valley.”

Groundbreaking on phase one of the new headquarters is expected in November, with construction anticipated to be complete in December 2020. During the construction period, operations will continue at the Watsonville headquarters.

Macleod said the initial building will be 20,000 square feet, with an eventual expansion to 47,000 square feet. He estimated the company would employ more than 100 people once the headquarters are fully built out.

The current 35 employees in Watsonville will retain their jobs in Morgan Hill. Many of the employees live in San Jose, according to Macleod, making the move an easier commute.

MOONS’, which owns Applied Motion Products, also operates Morgan Hill-based Lin Engineering, which manufactures stepper motors.

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