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Phoenix to build neutron imaging facility

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Future consolidation

The first building, he adds, should be thought of as a a stand-alone imaging services business. The reason it's coming online sooner than the headquarters building is Phoenix executives believe there is a near-term market demand for neutron imaging and getting to market quickly is important to capture that demand.

The company has partnered with Krupp General Contractors and the city of Fitchburg to build the neutron imaging services facility that will provide neutron activation analysis, radiation effects testing, and even standard X-ray imaging.

Upon completion of the headquarters and manufacturing facility in 2020, Sengbusch says Phoenix will be able to consolidate all of its operations at the Fitchburg location.

Another reason for the expansion is the company's growing headcount, which now stands at 91 full- and part-time employees. “We certainly are very close to capacity at our current to facilities [including Monona]," Sengbusch notes. "There has been a lot of hiring over the past year, and certainly part of the desire of this new facility, both the initial first building and then the subsequent headquarters, is driven by the fact we do anticipate continued growth in headcount over the next year. 

"We need to look ahead to a larger facility just to accommodate space, not only for people but for manufacturing, as well.”

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