MCLinc has purchased a 41,000-square-foot facility located on Mitchell Road, where it will move its new laboratory and headquarters in early 2019 after remodeling part of the building for lab use.
The building will include a new laboratory and office space, along with about 16,000 square feet of space that will be rented to other tenants.
“While our original plan was to build a new laboratory in Horizon Center, time constraints of construction of the facility made it necessary for us to look at other opportunities,” said Barry Stephenson, MCLinc president and chief executive officer. “We are committed to our employees and to the community of Oak Ridge, where we have operated for the past 20 years, and we’re excited about what the future holds as we expand our laboratory and staff.”
In addition to saving 20 current positions with the move, MCLinc forecasts adding 26 new positions during the first five years of operations in its new facility, a press release said.
For two decades, the employee owners of MCLinc—an applied research company that provides environmental, chemical process optimization, and industrial forensics consulting and analytical testing services—have turned the old, on-site laboratory at K-25 into a successful company, becoming one of Oak Ridge’s most active corporate citizens, the press release said.
The Mitchell Road building was once used by Akins Crisp and WSI Oak Ridge, a federal security contractor previously known as Wackenhut Services Inc. The building was once considered as a possible new home for the Oak Ridge Preschool.
MCLinc, a former Department of Energy Environmental User Facility, began its commercial business in 1998 as part of DOE’s re-industrialization program, the press release said. The company provides consultation and testing services in industrial forensics, materials characterization, bench-scale studies, and specialty environmental chemistry to private industry, university, and federal clients. MCLinc’ s unique laboratory facilities, combined with their experienced technical staff, has given them the ability to work with hazardous, radioactive, and classified materials, the press release said.
It said MCLinc is an active partner in the community and supports many programs including Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of the Clinch Valley, CASA, ADFAC, Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Emory Valley Center, Roane Imagination Library, and Girls Inc. MCLinc employees are also active in many local community activities such as ETEBA, Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, ETEC, the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Roane Alliance, Roane County Chamber of Commerce, Oak Ridge Public School Education Foundation, and Roane State Foundation, the press release said. Stephenson has also served as the past president of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge and the past chairman of ETEC.
For more information about MCLinc, visit www.MCL-inc.com.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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