Lansing at Large: Lansing manufacturer plans growth post acquisition


Advanced Design Consulting USA, Inc., a Lansing-based developer, and manufacturer of complex scientific components and instruments for government and corporate customers was acquired on May 21 by Added Value Solutions (AVS) of Spain.

“This is a very good merger of two very similar companies that complements both sides,” said Eric Van Every, executive director of the Lansing facility. “AVS is a high tech company that wants to expand and grow the Lansing operation. We are actively hiring both engineers and technicians, and want to expand and stay here in Lansing.”

AVS was founded in 2006 and has about 120 employees in their headquarters in Spain and subsidiaries in France and the United Kingdom. They are known for being one of the world’s leading companies for the design and development of high-quality equipment for research, according to the press release announcing the merger.

They have more than 100 clients in 22 countries with continuous contracts in synchrotron, neutron, fusion, laser, space, accelerators and astronomy. In addition to a strong presence in Europe, they also sell in the United States, India, and South America.

With this merger “AVS now has a stronghold in the United States,” Van Every noted. “This is important as they have two instrumentation packages on the next Mars rover.”

ADC currently has seven employees in Lansing and has repeatedly expanded their Ridge Road facility.

“We have enough facilities here to accommodate 50 to 100 people without expanding further,” Van Every said.

The acquisition process began about a year ago, according to Van Every. Details on the sale price and transaction were not released.

ADC was founded in 1995 at the Cornell Business and Technology Park and quickly established itself as a custom design manufacturing system prime contractor.

In 1995, ADC won its first contract for $10,700 working with Crouse-Hinds-Cooper Industries. By 1998, ADC occupied its first building of 3,000 square feet. Currently, ADC occupies more than 22,000 square feet of space on Ridge Road north of the main Lansing fire station.

Local operations are divided into engineering design and analysis, manufacturing and planning, temperature control/clean room assembly and testing, an ultra-high vacuum facility, a metrology laboratory, a magnetic measurement facility, and electronics and instrumentation.

ADC designs and manufactures high-quality motion control products and systems for the semiconductor, automation, and aerospace industries. Customers include the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (a pre-prototype pellet selector), NASA (a Radar Cross Section Test Range), Argonne National Laboratory (Soft X-ray Scattering Octupole End Station), and Brookhaven National Laboratory (Ultra-high energy resolution monochromator/analyzer).

Most recently, ADC designed and built components for a $15 million upgrade of Cornell’s High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS).

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Kindergarten Community Playground Nights
The Lansing High Class of 2032 (and their families) will gather to meet for the first time on the Lansing Elementary School playgrounds on Wednesday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. from July 10 through Aug. 28. Storytime will begin at 6:45 p.m. with special guest readers. For more information, contact Amber Hafner at

Rotary Host Families Needed
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Rotary Youth Exchange students typically are hosted by three families during the course of their stay, each for a period of 12 to 14 weeks. Rotary provides support to both the host families and the student through club members and counselors; students receive a monthly stipend from Rotary to cover incidental expenses and have medical insurance. Lansing families interested in hosting a male exchange student from Japan should contact program chairs Linda Pasto at or Linda Brisson at

Lansing CDC Tech Boosters 90s Dance Party
The Lansing Community Development Campaign (CDC) will host a “90s Dance Party” featuring DJ Jon Koen as their annual fundraiser on June 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the John Joseph Inn.

The CDC has been raising funds for technology for Lansing Schools for 23 years. This year’s event will focus on the creation of a “maker space” for the elementary school where students will be able to increase their creativity and problem-solving skills within the curriculum and outside it.

Tickets are $50 per person. Dinner will be provided; there will be a cash bar and a dance contest.

You can buy tickets at and bid on auction items at


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