Engine Research Associates Expands into Larger Facilities at NIIC, Leveraging New Engine Success

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Successful company’s government contracts lead to business expansion and new larger offices.

We were very pleased with our new facilities here at NIIC,” said Jeff Erickson, ERA Vice-President, “The combination of office space and shop space allows us to build and refine our new engines in the same location. It’s a huge advantage,” Jeff’s brother

The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) announced today that one if its incubator clients, Engine Research Associates (ERA) is growing and expanding into new, larger facilities in the Innovation Park’s Emerging Growth Center.

ERA is the developer and manufacturer of the Erickson Migrating Combustion Chamber (MCC) internal combustion engine The MCC engine is based on a revolutionary new internal combustion engine mechanism and cycle of operation. This engine is radically different from conventional two-stroke, four-stroke, compression ignition and rotary (Wankel) engine technology. MCC engines have the potential to improve fuel efficiency by 25% or more over current conventional engines due to full expansion. They are also compact, lightweight, low noise, low vibration and high torque.

“We were very pleased with our new facilities here at NIIC,” said Jeff Erickson, ERA Vice-President, “The combination of office space and shop space allows us to build and refine our new engines in the same location. It’s a huge advantage,” Jeff’s brother, Rick Erickson is the company President.

“Engine Research is a high growth and innovative company,” said Mike Fritsch, NIIC Entrepreneur-In-Residence, “They are leveraging their government contracts to expand in multiple directions and we are excited to assist in providing infrastructure and support services for them grow. Expect to hear a lot more about ERA.”

Engine Research Associates, Inc. (ERA) – ERA is the developer and manufacturer of the Erickson Migrating Combustion Chamber (MCC) internal combustion engine and related positive displacement fluid mechanisms. The MCC engine mechanism and cycle of operation was patented by ERA. The MCC engine is currently being developed under Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programs and other contracts for Unmanned Vehicle Systems and generators. MCC engines have also been developed for lawn and garden applications and model radio control aircraft. ERA's model aircraft engines have been sold all over the world as a commercial product.

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) - NIIC is a non-profit, community-based business incubator and accelerator that catalyzes the growth and development of technology-based companies in Northeast Indiana, thereby diversifying and growing the region's economy and enhancing our community's vitality.

For more information about the NIIC, contact the NIIC Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Mike Fritsch at 260-407-1754 or mfritsch(at)niic(dot)net. Jeff Erickson (ERA) can be reached at 260-247-2516 or jle.erickson(at)frontier(dot)com.

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