Swainsboro, GA (PRWEB) February 18, 2006
Swainsboro-Emanuel County Joint Development Authority President Andy Riley announces that Pathway Technology Park will be home for the newly created National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC). The center is the first of its kind and is the result of a partnership between the Joint Development Authority, The U. S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal (Picatinny, NJ) and Georgia nanoFAB (Cartersville, GA). Major U. S. research universities will be sources for projects with the Center serving as a clearing-house for Georgia nanoFAB’s rapid scale-up and manufacturing.
“The creation of high technology jobs in rural Georgia is always a cause for celebration. The expected benefits and advantages for our military makes this particularly exciting,” said Senator Saxby Chambliss, who was instrumental in securing congressional funding for the center.
The National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC) in Swainsboro will function as a public-private partnership by manufacturing nano- and microscale products for both military and commercial use. This structure is intended to provide the U.S. military with a sustainable manufacturing infrastructure regardless of the nation’s level of military involvement. Successful implementation of this new concept may be the model for future military manufacturing of all types. Research universities provide another key element, producing a significant stream of research projects for the Center to ramp-up and manufacture. “ This is not a research facility,“ Riley said. “It will provide universities the ability to turn some of their research projects into useful products. This new production capability will be used for both commercial and military applications. The first product is a new antenna design that the Army has identified 20 different uses for. Commercial applications for these antennas are under development.”
The Swainsboro-Emanuel County Joint Development Authority owns the Pathway Technology Park where the new Center will be located. The new120 acre park is the first of its kind in rural Georgia, and is complete with a redundant BellSouth fiber loop, a campus type atmosphere and everything an urban park has to offer. Riley noted that, “ This new park provides a perfect location for the NNMC. However, this project has produced a shock to people as they find it hard to believe that such a high-tech facility would be locating in a rural town in Georgia. I have heard remarks from sources in metropolitan areas that could only imagine such an entity in a city such as Boston or San Francisco.”
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