March 11, 2008 — /PRNewswire/ — RONKONKOMA, NY — CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ:CVV) completed the acquisition of a new 13,000-square foot building to facilitate the scale-up and commercialization of new products for the nano, solar, energy, and semiconductor fields.
“We have completed the acquisition of the new facility where we will be relocating and expanding our First Nano laboratory” states Leonard Rosenbaum, president of CVD. “The expansion and relocation will allow us to expand our installed equipment options to serve more customers, as well as to install and operate a range of pilot production equipment to accelerate the commercialization of novel nano and solar technologies. We see an increased need for commercialization help in the nano, solar, energy, and semiconductor fields from university/research, startup, and established companies. The relocation of our First Nano laboratory into larger quarters enables us to perform on multiple projects and to expand the capabilities of our current in-house process and equipment research.”
“As part of this expansion, we have also expanded our growing marketing and OEM supply relationship with Airgas Specialty Gases, a division of Airgas, Inc. (NYSE:ARG). We welcome the technical support and commitment of Airgas to help First Nano and our customers reach the commercialization stage faster. This is in line with our mission of enabling tomorrow’s technologies today.”
“Early involvement in the pilot production stage of a new commercialization effort helps to identify cost-saving opportunities and lower the risk to commercialization,” states Todd Morris, business manager for analytical markets and specialty gas equipment for Airgas, Inc. “We will help ensure that key gas supply sources and custom-developed process equipment are qualified and optimized together. The collaboration with First Nano is a further expansion of the successful ongoing marketing and OEM supplier-distributor relationship between Stainless Design Concepts, another division of CVD, and Airgas. The combined SDC/Airgas experience in designing and installing custom-engineered specialty gas distribution systems will be used to support emerging technology market segments.”
About First Nano, SDC, and CVD
First Nano and Stainless Design Concepts are both divisions of CVD Equipment Corporation. First Nano manufactures the Easy Tube equipment product line used by many researchers around the world for developing and growing a wide variety of next generation nanowire, nanotube, and thin film materials. Stainless Design Concepts manufactures ultra high purity gas and chemical delivery systems for state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication processes. It offers complete gas and chemical delivery product lines ranging from cutting-edge to budget basic. CVD is a designer and manufacturer of standard and custom state-of-the-art equipment used in the development, design, and manufacture of advanced electronic components, materials, and coatings for research and industrial applications. CVD offers a broad range of chemical vapor deposition, gas control, quartzware, and other equipment that is used by its customers to research, design, and manufacture semiconductors, solar cells, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, LEDs, MEMS, industrial coatings, and equipment for surface mounting of components onto printed circuit boards.
About Airgas, Inc. and Airgas Specialty Gases
Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related supplies. More than 14,000 employees work in over 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities, and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes its products and services through eBusiness, catalog, and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base.
The Airgas Specialty Gases infrastructure includes more than 65 national and regional specialty gas facilities that package pure gases and mixtures. More than two-thirds of the laboratories have been certified to the ISO 9001:2000 standard for quality management systems. Three facilities are accredited for the ISO 17025 standard for analytical laboratories. Airgas also assembles specialty gas equipment at its Engineering Solutions Centers and staffs a research and development center that designs unique solutions, such as 22 AcuGravTM computerized gas-mixing stations that automate the production of specialty gas mixtures, including calibration gases and EPA protocol gases.