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Build with Robots Expands Albuquerque, New Mexico, Plant

03/16/2021
Build with Robots, a company that is designing and manufacturing smart robots to disinfect and sanitize large areas, will expand its workforce and ramp up production at its complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project is expected to create 24 jobs within a year and 64 new jobs by the end of 2024.

Build with Robots has plans to move into a new headquarters at 119 E Marquette, in downtown Albuquerque. The State of New Mexico has committed $360,000 through its LEDA job-creation fund to the expansion.

“In New Mexico it takes a village to build a company,” Build With Robots co-founders, Chief Strategy Officer Matthew Ennis said. “We have gotten tremendous support from the state Economic Development Department, the City of Albuquerque, and the New Mexico Congressional Delegation. The state assistance is critical and provides us an important investment as we decide to stay in New Mexico and grow.”

In addition, build With Robots has also received assistance through the Job Training Incentive Program. These new professional-level jobs will have an average salary of $70,000.

“New Mexico has a flourishing innovation ecosystem that is supporting new startups like Build With Robots,” Cabinet Secretary Alicia Keyes said. “It is yet another homegrown, high-tech company that is creating high-paying jobs with economic assistance from the state, expertise from the national labs, and our skilled workforce."

The City of Albuquerque is the fiscal agent for the project, pending approval and a public hearing from the Albuquerque City Council. The LEDA assistance would be paid out in phases as the company reaches hiring goals, as per the project participation agreement. Build With Robots has outgrown its current location at 101 Broadway Blvd NE, Suite 3100, in the FUSE Maker’s Space. The new location will include manufacturing, research, and development, as well as a robot demonstration area to host in-person and virtual clients.

“Part of our economic development strategy is to ensure local small businesses have the same access to incentive programs like LEDA that larger out-of-state companies do,” City of Albuquerque Economic Development Director Synthia R. Jaramillo said. “Our investment in these businesses is an investment in Albuquerque, and how we work to build a resilient economy that works for everyone.”

The company’s first disinfecting contract was placed with the Albuquerque International Sunport, where it is using its Breezy One robots to thoroughly disinfect all terminals and public areas each night. In addition to airports, Breezy One robots are helping to make schools, factories, and other places of work safe. The robots can reportedly disinfect 100,000 square feet in less than an hour, often using a fog disinfectant developed at Sandia National Laboratories.

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