Geeks and Nerds, a Huntsville-based tech firm that supports the defense, aerospace and commercial sectors, has announced plans for a $5 million, 100-employee facility in Cummings Research Park “to encourage entrepreneurship and nurture a highly qualified workforce.”
“We anticipate exponential demand for research and development of technologies needed for rapid and advanced prototyping,” said Dr. Jonn Kim, CEO and founder of GaN.
Plans call for a Prototype Innovation Environment — GaN PIE — to promote advanced manufacturing research and encourage collaboration among government, industry, nonprofits and higher education.
“GaN PIE will nurture technological creativity and achievement, increase the business base for highly paid jobs, and foster entrepreneurial energy for missions critical for our community and the country,” said Kim.
“The pace at which our technologies are moving necessitates the need for revolutionary thinkers and companies to collaborate for the common interest of the country,” Kim added.
Gov. Kay Ivey applauded the announcement, saying, “Our technology sector continues to grow ever more dynamic through entrepreneurial initiatives like this one in Huntsville.”
And Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle commented, “Geeks and Nerds is a rising star in the technology sector, and it’s exciting to see their entrepreneurship rewarded through growth and demand for their services.”
Construction on the new facility is slated to begin next March with plans to be operational by mid-2024.