Entegris Inc. has bought a building at 9 Crosby Drive and plans to invest as much as $50 million over the next two years remaking it into a research and development and manufacturing center, according to company officials.
Entegris, based in Billerica, bought the 80,000-square-foot property including land for what will be its “i2M Center for Advanced Materials Science.” The center will include 6,000-square-feet of rated clean room space.
The $50 million will be spent on upgrading the building’s infrastructure and specific equipment over the next two years. Entegris, which reported a record $749 million in sales in fiscal 2011, expects the first phase of the center to be operational in early 2013.
It expects to transfer 90 employees from its other Massachusetts facilities in Bedford, Burlington and Billerica to the new center and to hire at least 10 new engineering or highly technically skilled employees. It leases space in Bedford where it makes its advanced membranes and in Burlington, where it makes its specialty coatings.
It chose Bedford as the best place for its center because of its closeness to the company’s existing facilities and employee base; its access to highly trained materials science and membrane engineering talent, according to company officials.
“Bringing corporations into Bedford, especially opening an innovation center, is great news for Bedford and we hope it’s great news for the company,” said Selectmen Chairman Catherine Cordes. “We welcome them with open arms and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen Bedford; it’s a great place for them.”
The “i2M” stands for “ideas to market,” which will be the new center’s focus – innovating in material science. The company develops and makes filtration and media technologies, electrostatic clamps, also know as E-Chucks and proprietary, innovative low-temperature coating technologies.
The products are used in filtration and purification solutions used in semiconductor and other electronic device manufacturing environments. They are also used in the building blocks of items such as computers, cell phones and other mobile devices, data storage components, televisions, monitors and automobiles.
“We deal with all types of challenges,” said Steve Cantor, Entegris vice president of corporate relations. “For the next generation of semiconductor devices, the manufacturing environment must reach levels of purity that are measured in parts per quadrillion. That’s the equivalent of looking for a drop of water in an area the size of the Empire State Building.”
The previous tenant of the building, which has recently been vacant, was Sprint Nextel, according to the town.
Entegris was formed by the 1999 merger of Fluoroware Inc. and Empak Inc., and was based in Minnesota. It merged with Mykrolis, which was formerly the microelectronics division of Millipore Corp., in 2005, and retained the name Entegris. Source: WickedLocal