Centennial Research Park Welcomes AlphaMicronPosted Sep, 14, 2009
AlphaMicron Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its new home in Centennial Research Park on Sept. 14. AlphaMicron’s new location accommodates the needs of its growing manufacturing operations and expanding staff.
The high-tech company’s grand opening celebration included select guests Gov. Ted Strickland, Congressman Tim Ryan, Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton and Kent Mayor John Fender. Afterward, AlphaMicron employees led guests on a tour of the newly renovated facility.
“We’re extremely pleased to have such a promising, high-tech company as an anchor tenant in our research park,” says Greg Wilson, Kent State’s associate vice president for economic development and strategic partnerships. “AlphaMicron is an exciting company with Kent State roots that creates innovative liquid crystal-based products. It is helping to fuel technology-based economic development, providing growth for the region and the state.”
Prior to its relocation, AlphaMicron occupied a 12,000-square-foot space on Martinel Drive in Kent. The company now has 30,000 square feet in its new facility and employs 35 people.
“When we were considering a move, we wanted to take our company to the next level,” AlphaMicron CEO Dr. Bahman Taheri says. “It’s great for AlphaMicron to launch its next phase of growth in Northeast Ohio and remain in the city of Kent. This is in line with our goal to help the region in strengthening existing and emerging technology ventures and maintain our close relationship with our colleagues at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University.”
AlphaMicron has invested $1.4 million to date in renovation work to transform a former bus garage into its new permanent home.
The company began production recently and anticipates that new hires will be made as production capacity expands in the new space.
AlphaMicron was founded in 1997 by former faculty members of Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute. The company designs and manufactures high-tech military and consumer products. Its technologies are being applied to products that include ski goggles, motorcycle visors, auto-dimming mirrors, flight deck goggles, adaptive windows, shutters and luxury eyewear.
For more information about the opening of Centennial Research Park, read the story about the facility that recently appeared in Kent State Magazine.
For more information about AlphaMicron, please visit www.alphamicron.com.