1st Tenant to Move into Pittsburgh Airport’s Additive Manufacturing Development
PITTSBURGH – The first tenant of Neighborhood 91, the additive manufacturing-focused development at Pittsburgh International Airport, will move into its building this month.
Wabtec Corp., a Fortune 500 company with its headquarters in Pittsburgh and a plant in Grove City, is leasing an 11,000-square-foot space.
Having a site at the 195-acre development, vice president of advanced technologies Philip Moslener said last week, will allow Wabtec to better work with “a network of additive-minded companies.”
“We don’t have to send our parts hundreds of miles away to get a process done,” he said at a panel discussion hosted by the Additive Manufacturing Coalition. “Having an on-site gas recycling company helps reduce our costs; having a microgrid is really going to help us get cheaper power to run our machines. And having proximity to the airport, where we can ship our parts to other plants [and] to our customers globally.”
The discussion also included Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
“Instead of just looking at the campus from an aviation lens, we look at it from an economic development lens,” she said. “How can we, at the airport, put all of the community’s resources to work and how can we put them on display for the world to see? How do we best serve and reflect this community we sit in?”
The answer, she said, a cluster strategy on airport real estate focused on manufacturing, part of the region’s legacy.
Companies in Neighborhood 91 will share infrastructural efficiencies, including storage for powder materials, such as stainless steel and aluminum. Wabtec and Arencibia, a company that produces noble gases, including new and recycled argon, a key element used in additive manufacturing, are the two publicly announced companies that will be part of the development.
With several other companies in various stages of agreement on 45,000 square feet of production space, Neighborhood 91 already has assembled the additive manufacturing supply chain.
Pictured: Wabtec Corp. will move into this building at Pittsburgh International Airport later this month. Image via Pittsburgh International Airport.
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