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Ultra Safe Nuclear Plans Gadsden, Alabama, Assembly Plant

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, the U.S.-based global leader in the deployment of fourth-generation gas-cooled microreactors, plans to establish its MMR assembly plant in Gadsden, Alabama. The $232 million project is expected to create 250 jobs.

The 578,000-square-foot production facility will manufacture, assemble, test, and inspect the non-radiological modules needed to construct the company's industry leading Micro-Modular® Reactor.

“We appreciate the interest and support for this effort from the City of Gadsden, Etowah County, the Alabama Department of Commerce and so many others including Governor Ivey and her talented team,” said USNC’s Chief Nuclear Officer, Dan Stout. “We especially appreciate the guidance and efforts of April Gray at the Department of Commerce and David Hooks of the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority in making this project a reality.”

USNC and the State of Alabama formalized the deal through a Project Agreement executed by Governor Kay Ivey and the company.

“USNC’s microreactors will be produced at the state-of-the-art facility in Gadsden and shipped as modules to sites around the world, allowing for the generation of reliable energy anywhere,” noted Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “This is safe and amazing technology, and I’m pleased that it will be ‘Made in Alabama.”

Seattle, Washington-based USNC is an energy company that vertically integrates all the stages of 4th Generation nuclear power production, strictly adhering to safety principles, through technology innovation in fuels, materials, and design practices. The company has development, engineering, licensing, and marketing teams with subsidiaries in South Africa, Canada, Europe/U.K., and South Korea.

“We are attracted to Gadsden by their skilled workforce and the outstanding training programs and support they are bringing to the table,” said Ted Coulter, Plant Director for the MMR factory at USNC. “In Gadsden, I have confidence we can hire local talent and operate with both safety and efficiency. We are looking forward to becoming a member of the community.”

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