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LIFT buys Plainview building for composites

Long Island Forum for Technology executive director Bill

Long Island Forum for Technology executive director Bill Wahlig. (Credit: Steven Sunshine, 2011)

The Long Island Forum for Technology has purchased a 25,000 square foot building in Plainview as the site for a future Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technology Innovation Center.

The center will be a source for local manufacturers to learn about composites and possibly incorporate the material into their products. The center will offer educational courses about composites and provide equipment.

The center is slated to open in the fall of 2013 and will offer educational courses as well as new equipment that manufacturers can use to develop prototypes using composites.

"This is going to allow manufacturers on Long Island and in New York State to develop an understanding of the use of this material without having the upfront expensive cost of investing in capital equipment," said LIFT executive director Bill Wahlig.

Composites are made from two types of materials, and typically used in planes and military equipment because of the material's strength and light weight. Common composite materials are carbon fiber and fiberglass.

The material is also becoming increasingly popular in infrastructure such as bridges and roads, as well as cars and trains, Wahlig added.

LIFT was able to purchase the building with a state grant of $15 million, which was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).

Tags: manufacturing , LIFT , composites

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