k-Space Associates, Inc., a maker of diagnostic tools for the semi-conductor industry, is capitalizing on burgeoning demand for solar power and LED (light-emitting diode) lighting by doubling the size of its manufacturing and R&D facility in Dexter.
"We are currently supplying diagnostic tools for the people that make LEDs; that market is growing, and hence we need additional capacity to both develop the diagnostic tools for the LED market and to manufacture them," says Darryl Barlett, owner of k-Space
. Additionally, "we've again adapted our tools to monitor the production of solar panels, and that's a large market as well."
The expansion of the facility, located in the Dexter Research and Development Park at 2182 Bishop Circle East, from 7,000 to 14,000 square feet is nearly complete and should be ready for use by mid-April. The R&D labs will remain in the original facility, while the new space is to be used primarily for manufacturing, Barlett says.
The firm employees sales reps abroad and has several distributors worldwide. There are now 21 employees in Dexter, and another 10-12 positions will be added there over the next 18 months as a result of the expansion, Barlett says.
Source: Darryl Barlett, owner, k-Space Associates, Inc.
Writer: Tanya Muzumdar