Phoenix, known for making compact neutron generators, will start construction on its state-of-the-art neutron imaging center in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
The company's 50,000 square foot corporate headquarters will also be located on the same site as its 10,000 square foot neutron imaging services facility; it will allow Phoenix to meet increasing demand for both accelerator systems and the estimated additional 50 full time, highly paid professionals over the next several years. Company officials reported.
"This commercial neutron imaging center, the first non-reactor facility of its kind, is another indicator that Wisconsin's technology sector is at the forefront of several growing industries including medical and industrial imaging," said company President Evan Sengbusch. "It's incredible to be part of a team that is passionate about developing cutting-edge technologies and deploying them in ways that improve our world."
According to company officials, external support has also been critical to achieve this milestone, and Phoenix has partnered with several state government representatives, such as Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mark Pocan.
"Wisconsin has a proud tradition of entrepreneurship and innovation, so I have worked hard to support small business start-ups like Phoenix. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have taken great pride in being their partner over the years, working to secure millions of dollars in additional funding for the federal national security programs that have supported Phoenix's cutting-edge efforts to keep our servicemembers and citizens safe," said Senator Tammy Baldwin. "By advancing 'Made in Wisconsin' science and technology, Phoenix is carrying on our state's entrepreneurial spirit and creating new, high paying jobs. The growth of Phoenix will help produce economic growth for our state and boost the next generation of technology startups in Wisconsin."
"With the groundbreaking of Phoenix's Neutron Imaging Center, Wisconsin continues to demonstrate its leadership in technology and innovation," says Congressman Mark Pocan. "Today, Phoenix is not only creating new applications for neutron science but is also making their technologies more accessible by building this Imaging Center right here in Wisconsin. Companies like Phoenix play a key role in our regional economy, creating good-paying, middle class jobs, and solidifying Madison as a leader in science and technology. I'm proud to support Phoenix and will continue to work with the company's leaders on its future growth and success."
"We are so impressed by the Phoenix team and their cutting-edge technology for the medical, energy, aerospace and defense sectors," says Fitchburg Mayor Jason Gonzales. "With their existing employment base and projected growth, with above per capita wages, Phoenix is the first corporate anchor within Uptown in Fitchburg and will be a great addition to the science and tech industry."
The company is currently working on additional applications for neutron radiography in key verticals and plans to open the Phoenix neutron imaging center in mid 2019.