Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Brewer Science Expansion Advances with $1 million economic development grant for Rolla National Airport

Brewer Science's plans to build a new high-volume, high-tech manufacturing facility reached another milestone with the approval of a $1 million grant to support the project at its future site at Rolla National Airport. The new facility will produce specialty materials for fabrication of the most advanced microdevices that will be used in the next generations of smartphones, tablet computers, and other electronics. The grant was awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and will be used for infrastructure improvements and developments at the airport.

"Our commitment to 'Made-in-Missouri' products with a 'Show-Me' workforce is the reason we have maintained our technology-manufacturing base in Missouri for over 30 years," said Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science. "We are a global company that is committed to growing and expanding our facilities in Missouri. We will continue producing the technology that enables the creation of products such as smartphones, tablet computers, cameras, and many other electronic devices. Missouri is gifted with great leadership from local, state, and federal officials, including Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, who supported these efforts to create leading-edge technology and manufacturing jobs for Missouri."

"These critical resources will help grow jobs and bolster the economy in mid-Missouri by supporting important transportation and infrastructure projects at Rolla National Airport," said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt.

"I am extremely pleased that this grant has been approved because it means more jobs and greater opportunities for hard-working Missourians," said U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer. "This is a great example of local and federal officials working together on behalf of Missouri families.

"The project this grant supports is part of a comprehensive master plan for development of the Rolla National Airport as an economic and transportation hub. The plan is not only to provide the necessary infrastructure improvements needed for the new Brewer Science facility, but also to develop the airport site into a manufacturing center where other companies, including advanced manufacturing businesses, are expected to locate. This EDA investment will support the construction of upgrades to the water, sewer, and road infrastructure for an industrial park at Rolla National Airport. EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application's merit, the applicant's eligibility, and the availability of funds. 

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