Last week, a group of State, regional, and local leaders toured the Aquion Energy facility in RIDC's Westmoreland Technology Center. The group heard about Aquion's current and future growth strategies and also had a chance to see products going through the production line.
Aquion Energy, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-out, has started to produce a sodium-ion aqueous electrolyte battery that will enable broad adoption of renewable energy technologies. The company has an R&D facility in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh and choose the Westmoreland complex for their manufacturing unit, allowing their management and staff easy access to the new large-scale production operation. In June Aquion starting shipping commercial product to customers worldwide. Their battery is cost-effective, safe, sustainable, and high-performance.
RIDC has partnered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation on the redevelopment of the 2.8 million square foot former Sony plant. RIDC is implementing a plan to convert the building into a multi-tenant facility. To date, over 1 million square foot are under lease including Aquion, DNP America, Cenveo and the Westmoreland County Community College's Advanced Tech Center.
- Alan Walker, Secretary, Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)
- Rich Hudik, Executive Deputy Secretary, DCED
- State Senator Kim Ward
- Commissioner Charles Anderson, Westmoreland County
- Commissioner R. Tyler Courtney, Westmoreland County
- Commissioner Ted Kopas, Westmoreland County
- Scott Dunkleberger, DCED, Director of the Center for Business Financing
And several other people from the Governor's Action Team, the Economic Growth Connection, Westmoreland County IDC, and RIDC.