Michelman (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) reported on June 26 that it has been awarded a $2.5 million (USD) Ohio Third Frontier Industrial Research and Development Center Grant for its new research and development center, which will be named the Michelman Advanced Materials Collaboration Center. It will be built at the site of the company’s Cincinnati headquarters and is currently scheduled for completion by the spring of 2013.
The grant will help create new jobs at the facility and will be used to enhance Michelman’s ability to develop and commercialize innovative new technologies, including water-based coatings for paper and flexible packaging, and water-based surface modifiers, additives and polymers for industries including fiberglass and composite materials, wood and floor care, industrial coatings, inks and construction products.
According to Dr. Rick Michelman, VP/chief technology officer at Michelman, “The Ohio Third Frontier’s stated strategic intent is to ‘create an innovation ecosystem that supports the efficient and seamless transition of great ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.’ Our customers across all industry segments have come to expect ‘great ideas’ from Michelman. The addition of this new R&D center, as well as the collaborative approach we take within our R&D department will position us to develop effective solutions that will help our customers win well into the future.”