NanoSonic Inc., which got its start 12 years ago in Blacksburg as a spinoff from Virginia Tech’s College of Science and Engineering, has moved into a new 30,000-square-foot, facility in Giles County. In fact, the company, which specializes in the development and use of advanced materials and nanotechnology, is the first tenant in Wheatland EcoPark, a new 130-acre business park off U.S. 460 developed by the county’s Industrial Development Authority.
NanoSonic is hosting a grand opening celebration and a tour of its new home on Monday at 10 a.m. that’s expected to draw local economic development officials and Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher.
By leasing a larger space, NanoSonic plans to begin manufacturing efforts. Since it began in 1998 by Dr. Richard Claus, Linda Duncan and a graduate student in the Virginia Tech Department of Chemistry, the company has grown to 70 full- and part-time employees and has developed and patented a number of technologies. In 2007, Virginia Business named NanoSonic the statewide winner of its Small Business Success Story of the Year.
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