Starfire Industries Announces Expansion in Champaign
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Starfire Industries, LLC recently announced an expansion to establish a new manufacturing facility in Champaign, Illinois.
The facility will be located at 3310 North Duncan Road.
According to officials, the $9.4 million project allows for the growth of a 194,000 square foot facility to increase manufacturing and research and development capabilities.
Officials estimate the project will create at least 22 full-time jobs and retain 20 full-time jobs, as well as 12 part-time engineering and professional co-op jobs.
“Technology investments over the past 12 years in compact particle accelerators and high-powered plasma sources have resulted in breakthrough innovations,” said Starfire President and CEO Brian Jurczyk. “Our team has a significant impact on the semiconductor, nuclear, aerospace, medical, environmental, energy, mining, automotive and security industries. Starfire has reached the point where it needed to evolve; finding the right location for the expansion was key. The former Patterson Building is a unique space with a combination of office, engineering, manufacturing and distribution that will support Starfire’s growth for years to come. We are excited to make this place our home and stay in the strong Champaign-Urbana deep tech ecosystem.
Starfire Industries specializes in portable, high-energy particle accelerators for diagnostic imaging, environmental sensing, active interrogation and oncology therapeutic treatments. This is accomplished using a process that combines physics, math, chemistry, and biology to create a strategy for inspecting, examining, and testing materials for flaws, defects, and more. Starfire’s patented Centurion® is used for rapid detection of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in groundwater and soil samples and quantification at ppt level to meet stringent EPA and EU standards.
Starfire is a multidisciplinary deep technology company leveraging technical depth in many areas. The team is made up of several PhDs in nuclear, plasma, radiological and electrical engineering, as well as electrical, mechanical, aerospace and materials science engineers.
“The new facility will give us the space needed for a pilot line production system to process long and difficult to handle nuclear fuel cladding,” said Robert Stubbers, vice president/technical director of Starfire. “The combination of engineering, processing, QA/QC testing and distribution space is advantageous.”
“Starfire Industries is truly a local success story, and we’re proud to celebrate it,” said Carly McCrory-McKay, executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation. “This story is a testament to what is possible in Champaign County and the State of Illinois. Under Brian’s leadership, the company has grown from a startup to a full-scale manufacturing facility. We are grateful for their continued investment in our community and look forward to supporting their growth.
Since graduating from the EnterpriseWorks Startup Incubator at the University of Illinois Research Park in 2009, Starfire Industries has gone from researching and developing concepts to manufacturing plasma sources, neutron generators and high voltage power supplies for a range of industries. They will soon be moving from their existing location in Champaign, a 14,000 square foot facility in the University of Illinois Research Park, to an impressive 194,000 square foot technology center.
The expansion will enable greater on-site collaborative partnerships, direct services to end users through strategic agreements with suppliers, manufacturing and global distribution.
The expansion is planned for 2023.
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