ElectraMet company leaders cut the ribbon on a $6M relocation and expansion project in Lexington yesterday aimed at growing the company’s water treatment technologies and capabilities.
“ElectraMet shows the power of taking an idea and turning it into a reality that is making a positive impact on our state and local communities,” said Gov. Beshear. “As a previous SBIR/STTR Matching Funds awardee, this company’s success is a testament to how Kentucky’s resources for supporting technology development in the state can be used. I am thrilled about this expansion and look forward to ElectraMet continuing to thrive in the commonwealth.”
The expansion project will see ElectraMet move to a 26,000-square-foot facility at 140 Trade Street in Lexington. The space will allow for increased manufacturing capabilities, additional workforce and larger-scale systems. In addition, this new facility will allow the company to grow its recycling operations. This will allow ElectraMet’s water-treatment systems to provide not only the removal of targeted contaminants but also their recovery in a form that can be of value to customers, effectively mining wastewaters for valuable compounds.
“Our growth as a company from angel investment from the Bluegrass Angels in Lexington to a full-fledged water treatment provider has been tremendous,” said ElectraMet co-founder and CEO Cameron Lippert. “We have appreciated all the support from the community, the University of Kentucky and the State of Kentucky. The move into this new facility represents another step-change in our ability as a company to offer products for a variety of industrial and commercial customers.”
Lexington-based ElectraMet is a startup that was founded in 2013 after winning Awesome Inc.’s “5 Across” pitch competition. The water treatment company has developed technology to deliver clean water in a sustainable manner at a low cost. ElctraMet’s purification process relies less on chemicals and is less labor-intensive than conventional methods.
In 2014, the company received early funding through the Kentucky Enterprise Fund (KEF), funded through KY Innovation, and since 2015, has received multiple Small Business Innovation Research awards. Additionally, multiple investments in ElectraMet have been approved through Kentucky’s Angel Investment Tax Credit program, a Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) program administered by KY Innovation.
In 2020, the company was awarded $998,663 through the Federal SBIR Grant program and an additional $290,000 in Kentucky matching grants. The startup has taken additional advantage of programs such as the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit and federal STEP program.
To date, KY SBIR companies have received $8 in federal or private capital for every $1 leveraged through the state’s matching funds program. These businesses also have created 715 well-paying jobs – 45% with annual salaries over $50,000 – and filed 218 patents. KY SBIR match recipients have more than $42 million in sales and licensing revenue.
Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said she is excited about the environment being created in and around the area to allow new businesses to succeed.
“We are thankful to the leadership of ElectraMet for their continued commitment to Lexington,” said Mayor Gorton. “We often see new advancements in technology emerging from the University of Kentucky, which in turn benefits Lexington and our residents. I’m excited about the strength of Lexington’s entrepreneurial culture and the positive impact it has on our region.”
Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO Bob Quick congratulated the company on their expansion and noted the importance of fostering start-ups in the community.
“ElectraMet is a perfect example of how the local research community can nurture entrepreneurs and help develop great ideas into successful start-ups through innovative solutions that improve something specific for business and industry,” said Quick. “Congratulations to Drs. Lippert and Landon on this expansion, and thank you to those at the Center for Applied Energy Research, which supported and encouraged them along the way.”
ElectraMet’s investment and planned job creation furthers recent economic momentum in the commonwealth, as the state builds back stronger from the effects of the pandemic.
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