Aeroflex RAD has moved its radiation testing, assembly and screening laboratory to a larger location in northwest Colorado Springs, doubling the size of the operation.
The unit - part of Aeroflex Holding Corp. - doesn't plan to expand its staff. But it needed additional space to meet the demand from its customers, which include major satellite contractors for commercial and government programs, said Joe Benedetto, vice president and general manager of Aeroflex RAD.
The 36,000-square-foot lab at 5030 Centennial Blvd. is equipped to test the effects of six types of radiation at various levels on satellites and related equipment.
Benedetto said in a news release that the first test facility started about 20 years ago in under 1,000 square feet of space.
The company "continues to grow its radiation test infrastructure in Colorado Springs," Benedetto said.
Aeroflex RAD had been operating in a building at 5017 N. 30 St. It is leasing the new building on Centennial Boulevard from New Pinon LLC, a limited liability company formed by Denver-based developer DPC Cos. New Pinon acquired the 29-year-old building by foreclosing on a $5.41 million loan in January, and spent $500,000 remodeling the structure, which previously had housed a printed-circuit board manufacturing operation for Cray Computer Corp., a Springs-based supercomputer manufacturer that went bankrupt and shut down in 1994.
Aeroflex Holdings, which employs 413 in Colorado Springs, also operates a plant at 4350 Centennial Blvd. to manufacture integrated circuits and printed circuit card assemblies for a variety of markets: aerospace, high-altitude avionics, medical, X-ray cargo scanners, critical transportation systems, nuclear power controls, GPS receivers, networking and telecommunications.
The Plainview, N.Y.-based company manufactures high-performance semiconductors and test and measurement equipment, generating $647.1 million in revenue for the fiscal year ended June 30.
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