ATI Industrial Automation broke ground for its second major expansion in four years to little fanfare. “Don’t look for any press releases from the state announcing that ATI’s expansion plan has made it eligible for financial incentives,” said CEO Robert Little to a small crowd. “We have never received anything from the government, and we have no plans on asking for any special treatment. We’re here because the area offers us a talent pool of educated personnel that we need, and we’re appreciative of that.” The build-out expands ATI’s facility to 185,000-sq.-ft to accommodate 275 new employees and keep up with orders. Starting salaries will run from $30,000 for manufacturers to $85,000 for engineers. The expansion will help reduce turnaround times for the industrial innovator. ATI is a developer and manufacturer of robotic accessories, specializing in tool changers and sensors. It already employs 300 in four countries. The company was founded in 1989, in Garner, North Carolina, by Little, Chair Keith Morris, and Chief Sensor Technologist Dwayne Perry.