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W.M. Jordan Co. to build collaborative research facility in Prince George

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Newport News-based W.M. Jordan Co. has been picked to build the 60,000-square-foot Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) in Prince George County.

Under the $12.9 million contract, the company will be responsible for the research facility’s construction, interior fit out and site development.  The University of Virginia Foundation has overseen the facility’s design and will manage its construction. When the building is completed, the foundation will maintain ownership and will lease the property to CCAM.

CCAM is a research-based collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and a number of manufacturing companies worldwide. Manufacturer members of CCAM will guide research with university faculty in two focus areas: surface engineering and manufacturing systems.

The CCAM facility will be adjacent to Rolls-Royce’s jet engine components plant in Prince George. The creation of CCAM, in fact, was sparked by efforts to recruit the Rolls-Royce plan to Virginia.

Work on the CCAM building is expected to begin immediately and should be finished next August.  The project was made possible by grants from the U.S Economic Development Administration and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and a Recovery Act bond from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The facility will house computational and large-scale production labs plus open production space for heavy equipment and surface coating processes, including a thermal spraying machine, a directed vapor deposition machine, integrated data acquisition systems and a thermal conductivity measurement system.

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