ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 3 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., issued the following news release:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that NOHMs Technologies Inc. is locating its pilot nanoscale battery materials manufacturing facility at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester. The project is receiving $1.5 million from the Governor's Regional Economic Development Councils initiative, and is expected to create more than 100 new full-time scientific, technical, operations and manufacturing jobs in the next three years. The project is expected to be completed in February 2014, and will convert 8,000-square feet of excess office and lab space at the Park's Building 320 into a research, development and advanced manufacturing facility for lithium sulfur battery materials and battery cell prototypes.
"Today's announcement that NOHMs Technologies Inc. will locate and build a cutting edge manufacturing facility at Eastman Business Park is proof that the Regional Economic Development Councils are delivering results for our communities," Governor Cuomo said. "This project will help establish Rochester as a hub for research, development and advanced manufacturing in the clean energy industry, while creating more than 100 permanent good-paying jobs in the city. As we continue efforts to jumpstart the Upstate economy, this project will help the Finger Lakes grow and attract other high-tech companies to the region. I thank the Regional Council for their hard work and welcome NOHMs Technologies to Rochester."
"NOHMs Technologies' decision to invest and grow in Rochester continues to position the Finger Lakes as a global leader and a top destination for high-tech research, development, and manufacturing," Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy said. "I thank Governor Cuomo and the leadership at NOHMs for their commitment to building this critical partnership, which further reinforces the State's unwavering support for the Eastman Business Park and securing Rochester's economic future."
As part of the project, NOHMs, which stands for Nanoscale Organic Hybrid Materials, is partnering with the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and its BEST Test and Commercialization Center, also located at Eastman Business Park. The Finger Lakes REDC has identified the creation of a cluster of cleantech businesses at the Eastman Business Park as its top regional economic development resource, and the NOHMs announcement is now the second involving an energy storage company with plans to locate to the Park.
In July, Governor Cuomo announced a $23 million private-public investment toward the creation of the BEST Test and Commercialization Center. Under a partnership agreement with NY-BEST, DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability, a Netherlands-based energy consulting company will invest in the Center and move its energy storage testing capabilities from Pennsylvania into Building 308 at EBP. The BEST Test and Commercialization Center was a key reason NOHMs chose EBP for their research and manufacturing operations. The Center provides access to testing and prototyping equipment to help energy storage manufacturers accelerate the development and commercialization of new technologies and products.