Evergreen Manufacturing Grants aim to create new jobs in manufacturing, research and development
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Commerce today announced $2 million in grants to promote manufacturing job growth and economic opportunity across the state, with a particular focus on rural areas. Six companies and his four innovation cluster organizations were each awarded $200,000 through the Evergreen Manufacturing Grant program.
These grants support the Building an Economic Empowerment Through Manufacturing (BEST) Act of 2021 passed by the Washington State Legislature and provide a framework to add 300,000 new manufacturing jobs over the next 10 years. To do.
beta hatchChelan County
The grant will be used for research, development and pilot projects in Wenatchee to expand the company's controlled environment agriculture and manufacturing of insect-based products. The funding will support the renovation of existing structures and the pre-construction design of the project, which will represent a capital investment of $9 million and create 39 jobs.
Edge cluster (EDGE), king county
EDGE partners with Washington Maritime Blue to launch Washington's first private cellular network on the Tacoma Tidal Flats. The grant supports the first phase of the project, which will provide compensation to multiple maritime manufacturers and is expected to create 96 jobs. Partners in this project include SAFE Boats International, Silverback Marine, Motive Power marine, Trident Seafoods, the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Utilities, and the 5g Open Innovation Lab. EDGE is part of the first batch of Commerce's Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program (ICAP).
Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Cluster (EBIC), spokane county
EBIC is developing the Bioscience Innovation Building (BIB), a state-of-the-art research laboratory for drug and medical device development. BIB encourages new research and development and manufacturing with minimal capital investment, improves cooperation between companies and academic researchers, and provides space for bioscience talent training. The state grant will support site selection studies, additional construction requirements and preliminary design work. The 55,000 to 90,000 square foot building is expected to create up to 384 jobs when completed. Partners in this project include Greater Spokane, Inc., Spokane County Health Sciences and Services Authority, Impact Washington, and Port of Benton. EBIC is also included in the first ICAP cohort.
first modeKing County
The company will use the new funding to support the construction of a new facility to manufacture hybrid hydrogen battery power modules for heavy industrial vehicles. The project is expected to result in more than $17 million in capital investment and the creation of 70 new jobs over the next five years.
Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC); spokane county
INWAC is building a statewide network of student-run manufacturing businesses as part of the state's high school career and technical education program to produce work-ready graduates. Project outcomes include completion of curriculum, materials, and roadmap for the pilot program and eventual expansion. The program is expected to create 290 jobs. The grant will be supported by $1.05 million in matching funds over four years. Partners in this project include Greater Spokane, Inc., East Valley School District of Spokane Valley, NEWESD101, Optimal Talent Dynamics, and Wagstaff, Inc.
ion QSnohomish County
A quantum computing hardware and software company plans to establish a new research and manufacturing facility in Bothell, Washington, to build quantum computers. Funding will support design and engineering work needed for construction in 2023. The project is expected to create more than 150 jobs and generate $7.1 million in new capital investment.
A Richland, Wash., clean-tech startup is building a new pilot production plant to make renewable chemicals needed by the agriculture and hydrogen sectors. Funding will support design and engineering work on the electrolyser equipment, as well as additional site preparation activities. The project has more than $1 million in matching funding and is expected to create up to 200 jobs over the next five years.
Pacific Northwest Renewable Energy LLC (PNWRE)Grays Harbor
PNWRE is planning a new manufacturing facility in Grays Harbor County that will incorporate waste forest biomass to make wood pellets, creating 53 new jobs and $155 million in new capital investment. expected.
sandstone distilleryThurston County
This manufacturing project funding will enable the distillery to build a large-scale plant, including design, pre-construction activities, site preparation and permitting. Located within the Thurston Craft Brewing and Distilling Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ), the project has a total capital investment of $1.2 million. This will create 10 to 15 new jobs and increase the production of locally sourced agricultural products used in the distillery's products.
washington vertical, benton county
VERTical has partnered with the Tri-City Economic Development Council (TRIDEC) to produce large-scale powder metallurgy (PM), hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and electron beam welding (EBW). This grant will support conducting a readiness assessment and business and market analysis. In total, it is estimated that 50 to 100 jobs will be created. VERTical is another member of the first ICAP cohort.
“Washington State continues to invest in exploring and building new foundations for economic growth based on innovation, particularly in manufacturing and clean energy,” said Chris Green, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Competitiveness. Stated. “These grants will help create opportunities for emerging technologies, build infrastructure, create jobs in new industries, and drive economic benefits that will strengthen our communities for years to come. ”
“We will use this grant to expand our efforts to convert captured CO2, water and clean electricity into value-added sustainable chemicals, fuels and materials. It will reduce our continued dependence on polluting fossil fuels,” said OCOchem CEO and co-founder. Todd Brix. “OCOchem is grateful to the Washington State Department of Commerce, TIDEC, and Energy Northwest for their support in accelerating research and development and engineering efforts toward building a large-scale carbon dioxide electrolyser. ” brings us closer to realizing our vision of enhancing our manufacturing efforts.”Washington State. ”
“This grant will allow the Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium to take an important next step in growing the region's talent pipeline through the creation of a full-scale manufacturing business at East Valley High School.” said Executive Director Stacey Nelson. “Providing opportunities to explore careers and gain employable skills before graduation allows students to take a step toward the future and helps companies in the I-90 aerospace corridor grow and thrive.” We can provide the necessary human resources.”
“The Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Building will provide a hub of collaboration for startups, capital, manufacturing, research institutions, and professional service providers from across Washington, ensuring Washington remains a leader in emerging bioscience technology innovation.” “This will help ensure that this is the case,” said board member Andy Johnson. from the Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Cluster (EBIC).