A high-tech firm in Bozeman is increasing into a brand new 62,000-square-foot facility off East Valley Heart Street, the place it is going to develop gear that might be utilized in tons of of army and civilian purposes.
FLIR Programs has three smaller amenities within the Bozeman space and is planning to consolidate them right into a single constructing that’s now underneath development on Jamboree Means close to Taco Bell and Consolation Suites.
The brand new constructing, which might be completed subsequent yr, will let the corporate develop, stated Randy Equall, the corporate’s vp of laser operations.
“We’re bursting on the seams in our present plant, and this might be instrumental in permitting us to contribute to rising high-tech jobs in Montana,” Equall stated.
With the brand new facility, FLIR Programs hopes to increase its analysis and improvement work with Montana State College and presumably deliver on extra Gallatin College students skilled within the college’s photonics and laser expertise program.
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte toured the FLIR Programs web site Wednesday.
The Republican lawmakers stated FLIR Programs’ success highlights the significance of investing in training as a result of it could actually result in innovation and entice high-paying jobs to the realm.
FLIR Programs arrived in Bozeman in 2005 after buying the native firm Scientific Supplies, which grew artificial crystals.
FLIR Programs’ predominant workplaces are in Oregon, nevertheless it has workplaces all over the world. Its Bozeman location focuses on growing artificial crystals simply as Scientific Supplies did. The crystals are utilized in high-tech gear like lasers.
The corporate additionally develops range-finders for protection and border safety businesses.
Scientific Supplies and FLIR Programs each selected to find and increase in Bozeman as a result of MSU may present graduates with the talents essential to work within the firm, Equall stated. Immediately, most of the 65 staff are MSU graduates.
“We couldn’t think about doing this anyplace else,” he stated.