From the Jefferson County Development Authority: Advanced Asphalt Technologies Laboratory has Moved into New Facility in Burr Business Park in Kearneysville, WV

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Advanced Asphalt Technologies, LLC, (AAT), which has provided state-of the-art services to the asphalt paving industry for twenty years, has found a new home in a 5,500-square-foot laboratory in the Burr Business Park in Kearneysville, West Virginia.

An AAT technician works with asphalt samples in a high-tech lab in Jefferson County, West Virginia

AAT works with several government agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration. This technician is working with samples and studying ways to extend the staying power of asphalt.

Our highly skilled workforce, proximity to major transportation routes and low cost of doing business draw companies to Jefferson County. We go to great lengths to attract high-tech small businesses like AAT.

Advanced Asphalt Technologies, LLC, (AAT), a small engineering company that specializes in providing state-of the-art services to the asphalt paving industry, has moved into its 5,500-square-foot laboratory, having relocated to the Burr Business Park in Kearneysville, West Virginia, from Sterling, Virginia.

In a recent tour of the facility, Ramon Bonaquist, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Operating Officer of AAT, told the Jefferson County Development Authority (JCDA) that AAT is one two independent labs in the nation that perform the same service to the industry. Three or four other labs in the country doing similar work are owned by construction companies that work exclusively for parent corporation.

“We have a unique laboratory environment that had specific requirements for our relocation,” said Bonaquist. “We had been leasing space in Sterling since 1999 and wanted to invest in our own property. After considering several sites in Loudon County, we found that the Burr Business Park in Jefferson County had several pad-ready sites that were much more affordable than what was available in Northern Virginia. We were able to effectively meet our space needs here in Jefferson County and still maintain the presence and proximity to our clients in the DC Metro Area.”

Founded in 1994, AAT has served clients in the United States and overseas, including Norway and Romania. The employee-owned company consists of two engineers and three technicians, including Harpers Ferry resident Bob Bennett. The entire AAT staff is devoted to the commercial application of the latest and best technologies in the design, construction and performance testing of paving materials structures. AAT’s Technical Services Division also provides the following services to contractors, engineers and government agencies:

         • Applied research and development
         • Forensic analysis
         • Training

“We are very pleased that AAT chose to relocate to the Burr Business Park here in Jefferson County,” said John Reisenweber, Executive Director of the JCDA. “We to great lengths to attract high-tech small businesses that employee national experts in their fields. Our highly skilled workforce, Burr Business Park’s proximity to major transportation routes and our low cost of doing business continue to draw companies to Jefferson County.”    

Established in 1979, the JCDA facilitates relocations and start-ups, supports existing businesses and works to improve the business climate and create jobs. Jefferson County is ideally situated for business, manufacturing and industry and is a major economic driver in a state that boasts the nation’s fourth lowest cost of doing business. For more information about the JCDA:, info(at)jcda(dot)net, 304-728-3255.

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Amy Ruth Allen
Jefferson County Development Authority
since: 03/2013
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