~ Leading photonics technology company to relocate to 50,000-square-foot facility, creating 250 new jobs for the region ~
Excelitas Technologies Corp., a leader in photonics technology, has chosen Pennsylvania as the new home, a $2.3 million investment, creating at least 250 jobs in Pittsburgh over the next four years.
Currently located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Excelitas has committed to a 12-year lease for up to 50,000-square-feet of space in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood. Pittsburgh’s Strip District has transformed from its historical roots as a center of manufacturing and warehousing into an epicenter of innovation centered around tech and innovation, which includes robotics/autonomy. Pittsburgh is home to nearly 1,800 technology firms, including 100+ robotics companies.
“For the past year, I’ve been telling the world that Pennsylvania is open for business ― and Excelitas clearly agrees,” said Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro. “Excelitas is a leading player in a growing field, and its presence in Pittsburgh will not only create jobs and real opportunity for Pennsylvanians but also send a clear signal that Western Pennsylvania is a national hub for life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and more.”
Since January 2023, Governor Shapiro has announced more than $1.2 billion in new private-sector investment in Pennsylvania as a direct result of his Administration’s work.
“The Pittsburgh region has developed a significant high-technology presence, combined with a strong work ethic and an engaged state and local leadership who understand the value of job creation,” said Ron Keating, Excelitas Technologies CEO. “These factors provided attractive competitive differentiators when we undertook our site selection process. We would like to thank Governor Shapiro and his Administration for their strong and compelling support.”
Excelitas is a photonics technology leader focused on delivering innovative, high-performance, market-driven solutions to meet the technology needs of its expansive customer base serving the life sciences, microelectronics, automation, aerospace and defense end markets. The Excelitas team consists of more than 8,000 professionals working across 33 locations in North America, Europe, and Asia to serve customers worldwide.
“Excelitas will advance customized photonics solutions for global markets from their new home in the Strip District, one of our region’s most well-known and vibrant centers of tech and innovation,” said Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Stefani Pashman. “In addition to recognizing Governor Shapiro for his bullish approach to creating an investment-winning environment in Pennsylvania, I want to thank Excelitas CEO Ron Keating for casting his vote for Pittsburgh – first with Evoqua and now with Excelitas – as a region with everything to support not only launching but growing, innovative companies.”
The facility will be located at 2545 Railroad Street and is expected to open by early summer.