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Thermal Technology Expands to Meet Demand for Sapphire Grower

November 1, 2011
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Thermal Technology tripled its production capacity for Model K1 growers at its new manufacturing facility in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Thermal Technology’s new manufacturing site is located off Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa, across the street from its original location.

Thermal Technology, a leading manufacturer of crystal growth equipment and high-temperature furnace systems, added a new production facility, tripling its manufacturing space. The new location offers an additional 25,000 sq ft of manufacturing space and has created 57 new jobs.

The new facility is dedicated to Model K1 sapphire crystal grower production and neighbors Thermal Technology’s sales and manufacturing site in Santa Rosa, Calif. “Market response to the K1 grower is strong. Potential customers see our machines in full production elsewhere and are convinced of our technology,” says Matt Mede, Thermal Technology president and CEO. “Utilizing the modified-Kyropoulos method, our growers remain the most productive tool in the market, with large crystal size and a short growth cycle. We also have the most growers in successful production, compared to our competitors.”

Thermal Technology is reportedly shipping multiple sapphire growers weekly. The new high-volume production facility enables the company to meet its customers’ growing demand for the Model K1.

“The new manufacturing facility significantly increases our production capacity and improves the overall flow of our production processes,” says Jim Coffey, Thermal Technology’s production manager. “The expansion was fueled by continued growth in our Model K1.”

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