Novomer Inc. (Boston), a sustainable chemicals company, has announced plans to open a new innovation center in Rochester, NY. The Novomer Innovation Center is designed to meet the expanding demands of the company’s growing biobased chemicals business.
All equipment, production assets and employees will be transferred from the existing product development and pilot operations location to the new 26,000-square-foot facility. Novomer will occupy the leased space, where it is currently undertaking significant renovations and improvements, in December. The larger facility will house technology research, product development activities and a unit where it will demonstrate to customers its process for transforming renewable feedstocks into cost-competitive chemical building blocks.
“The space provides room for collaboration and the capability to manufacture products at larger scale to better service our development efforts and customer needs,” explained CEO Jim Mahoney. “This move reflects our rapid growth, which has resulted in the need for additional space to develop innovative products, meet customer demand for product testing and collaborate with partners.”
The location, just minutes from the Greater Rochester International Airport, will also be more convenient for partners, customers and vendors visiting Novomer’s technical facilities. About 60 chemists, engineers, lab technicians and other personnel will be employed at the new facility.
In July, Novomer announced the relocation of its headquarters to One Bowdoin Square in Boston. In addition to corporate offices, the new headquarters space will house business development and global project management activities.
Novomer is commercializing a family of competitively priced biobased chemicals and high-performance polymers from ethanol and low-cost carbon monoxide. Its proprietary catalyst and process technology, the Novomer COEth process enables these renewable feedstocks to be cost competitively transformed into chemical building blocks for a variety of industrial products and applications.