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CRG announces proposal to expand its main campus creating 250 new full-time jobs

Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) announced a proposal to expand its current operations to a new facility while expecting to create 250 new jobs in the Dayton region, contingent upon the projects state and local incentives.  The TCA approved a 2.101 percent, nine-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

The company’s expansion initiative would open new opportunities for a variety of high-skilled jobs in the Dayton region including software developers, aerospace engineers, electrical engineers, composite engineers, chemists, and manufacturing personnel.

“The rapidly evolving Department of Defense acquisition landscape is creating significant opportunity for Cornerstone Research Group and the Dayton region.  With multiple technology products progressing towards procurement, we are excited to work with the Dayton Development Coalition, JobsOhio, and partners throughout the state to rapidly develop and deliver new capabilities to the warfighter and contribute to the success of the Dayton region,” said Chris Hemmelgarn, Vice President of Strategic Development at Cornerstone Research Group.  “This new facility will allow us to expand our manufacturing footprint for advanced defense products and create more opportunity for the region.”

“The ground-breaking work Cornerstone Research Group supports and protects our nation’s military while attracting talented scientists and researchers who represent the innovative spirit of the Dayton Region,” said Dana A. Saucier, Jr., Vice President & Head of Economic Development for JobsOhio. “We look forward to working with Cornerstone as It brings 250 high-tech jobs to Dayton wile pioneering new technologies to support our armed forces.”

“Cornerstone Research Group represents a true Dayton Region success story. For over 20 years, their cutting-edge research has helped protect our military and defend American values across the globe,” said Amy Schrimpf, Project Manager and Government Relations Director for the Dayton Development Coalition. “Our region has had a critical role in our country’s defense for more than 100 years, and Cornerstone continues that strong tradition into the future. We’re thrilled they plan to continue to grow in the region and look forward to supporting them as their project moves forward.”

To learn more about open positions at Cornerstone Research Group, visit https://www.crgrp.com/careers/

U.S. Congressman Michael Turner Visits Cornerstone Research Group

On Thursday, August 15th Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) received a visit from U.S. Congressman Michael R. Turner (OH-10).  CRG Executives met with the Congressman and thanked him for his support in introducing their $7 million project, Advanced Carbon-Carbon Composites Manufacturing for Accelerated Hypersonic Technology Development, into the FY 2020 House Defense Appropriations and Defense Authorization Bills. The executive team also took time to share information about CRG’s most recent achievements and their current growth initiatives. The Congressman was given an extensive tour of the facilities and projects at CRG and was enthusiastic about the company’s future.

“We are honored that Congressman Turner, and his staff, took the time to visit CRG and to have their support for our efforts to obtain congressional funding for the accelerated maturation of technologies addressing the top priority for the Department of Defense,” said Chris Hemmelgarn, VP of Strategic Development. “We look forward to working with Congressman Turner, and his team, as CRG continues to drive revenue growth and job creation for the Dayton region.”

High-Temperature Composites Center Formed

A reentry vehicle requiring high-temperature materials that resist extreme heat and burn-off

In July of 2019, CRG established its new High-Temperature Composites Center (HTC). This new center lets CRG focus on applications for its signature high-temp resin, MG resin.

The HTC’s vision is to support carbon/carbon (C/C) manufacturing with materials and process innovation, expand the national industrial base for C/C production, and reduce cost and lead time for C/C parts production.

The HTC team includes materials scientists, chemists, aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers and chemical engineers led by HTC Vice President, Michael Rauscher. Read more about the HTC here.

CRG issued four new patents in 2018

CRG’s intellectual property portfolio grew as it was issued four new patents in 2018. These included:

  • Patent No. 9,622,924, Fluid Absorption and Distribution Enhancement System. This is a a fluid absorption pad product for use in medical, pet, or food industry.
  • Patent No. 9,820,164, Subterranean System Comprising Wireless Communication Network and Syntactic Foam Panels. This patent covers any subterranean system, such as tunnels and subway systems, constructed with CRG’s syntactic foam panel material to facilitate wireless communication within the underground system.
  • Patent No. 9,908,993, Hybrid Fiber Layup and Fiber-Reinforced Polymeric Composites Produced Therefrom. This patent covers a method for a making a fiber-reinforced polymer composite using different types of fiber reinforcement and cured with a no oven, no autoclave process, using the exothermic heat generated by the reactive resin for curing.
  • Patent No. 10,119,238, Reinforced Syntactic Structure. This is a utility patent that describes the design and construction of a shell structure using CRG’s syntactic foam material and its uses in structural reinforcement or remediation of aging, corroded, or damaged underlying structures such as beams, columns, pillars in mining sites or industrial buildings.

CRG moves to Miamisburg, Ohio

On November 10, 2017, CRG corporate offices and  its labs and development areas moved to its new location at 510 Earl Blvd., Miamisburg, Ohio. The new facilities offer more production space and integrated lab space, as well as modern offices and conference rooms, with room to expand.

Corporate headquarters are now conveniently located on nearly five acres just southwest of the Dayton I-75/Rt 725 interchange. The new facility provides 56,500 square feet of space, expandable to 88,000 square feet, with a manufacturing area that totals 38,000 square feet and features two 20-ton cranes and one 5-ton crane.

CRG #1 SBIR awardee in Ohio

CRG is currently the #1 SBIR awardee in the State of Ohio, based on receiving over $50 million in awards on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program since being founded in 1997. The company also ranks #1 in the same metric over the last year, the last 3 years and the last decade. These SBIR awards have allowed CRG to build a tremendous portfolio of intellectual property they can capitalize on through both subsidiaries and within the core business. The $50 million in SBIR awards has led to an additional $90 million in non-SBIR revenue during the history of the company.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

CRG wins 8th “When Work Works” award

Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients for an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement. These are all factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement. The winners were recognized at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees meeting on August 22, 2017. Read about it in on-line news.

CRG celebrates 20 years in business

In March, 2017 CRG celebrated 20 years of successful business. Over the years its business model has transformed from straightforward R&D to becoming a technology commercialization incubator, forming new start-up companies based on the advanced technologies and products it has come up with, much of the research funded through government SBIRs/STTRs.

So far, three new companies are experiencing success as subsidiary spin-offs of CRG: Spintech LLC, Advantic LLC, and NONA Composites LLC, now called Kineticure LLC. More spin-offs are on the drawing board, taking advantage of technologies ranging from structural power supply to specially designed patient litters that stabilize patients with head and spine injuries.

In an economic climate that has been marked with one of the longest recessions since the Great Depression, CEO Patrick Hood is grateful that CRG and its employees have persevered and continue to develop great ideas that change how people do things.

CRG receives seventh When Work Works award

CRG received its seventh When Work Works award for 2016. The award, which highlights exemplary workplace practices among employers across the U.S., is given by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Employers are ranked on six factors of effective workplaces: a culture of trust; opportunities for learning; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities. Read the Dayton Daily News article here.

CRG featured in DBJ Cover Story – Innovation Machine

(l-r) Spintech president Craig Jennings, NONA Composites president Ben Dietsch, CRG president and CEO Patrick Hood, Advantic president Brad Doudigan

On May 8th, 2015, the Dayton Business Journal published a cover story about CRG titled “Innovation Machine.” The article highlighted CRG’s spin-off businesses Advantic, Spintech and NONA Composites and the industries they target.

“Patrick Hood spent years trying to perfect a model to commercialize products from his research and development firm. Seems he found the right formula and now the Dayton region stands to benefit.” If you’re a DBJ subscriber, read the full article here.