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Elan Technology announces expansion

Elan Technology, located in Midway, has announced the approval of a major capital improvement project that includes construction of a 15,000 square foot building that will house new equipment.

“We’ve begun construction of the building and have contracted with Heyl Patterson for the new rotary calciner,” Terry McCormick, chief operating officer at Elan Technology, said. “Once the project is completed later this year, we anticipate adding approximately 10 percent to our workforce.”

Rotary calciners can be used in a variety of thermal treatment applications, such as drying or decomposition of bulk materials.

Elan Technology is the largest independent U.S. company in its field and has produced advanced ceramic and glass products for over 70 years. Elan’s advanced materials serve a number of industries, including the automotive, telecommunications, appliance, electronic, aerospace, and defense

Local company wins tech competition

Green Badger, a Savannah-based company with a cloud-based app that streamlines and automates the construction process for environmentally friendly building projects, was named the winner at the annual Pitch Circus competition on Friday, taking home $5,500 in prize money and$1,500 worth of in-kind services.

The event, which allows companies to pitch their ideas “Shark Tank”-style to a panel of six judges, was part of the two-day Geekend event, a tech conference sponsored by the Creative Coast and the Advanced Technology Development Center.

Pitch Circus was sponsored by city of Savannah, Foram Group, Mallabo Communications and HunterMaclean. More than 30 companies applied to pitch during the event with six making the final cut, including, Savannah-based Green Badger, Corstrata, Project MQ; Atlanta-based, Kugobi; Augusta-based, Skyraider Aeronautics and Brunswick-based McFinney.

For more information on Green Badger, go to www. getgreenbadger.com.

Gulfstream jet enters final testing

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s all-new family of business jets, the Gulfstream G500 and G600, continue to make solid progress toward anticipated U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type certification this year. The G500 is entering the final stage of its flight test and certification program, while the G600 recently completed company field performance testing.

To date, the five G500 aircraft have accumulated more than 4,250 flight hours over more than 1,175 flights. The fourth G500 to enter the flight-test program is poised to begin function and reliability testing, which marks the capstone of a flight-test program and serves to demonstrate the overall reliability of the aircraft’s final engineering designs. These FAA-mandated flights total 300 hours and are used to evaluate how the aircraft behaves in conditions representative of normal in-flight operations, including hot, cold and humid environments.

The G600, meanwhile, has amassed more than 1,395 flight hours during more than 360 flights. The G600’s anticipated certification and service entry are slated for 2018.

St. Thomas Thrift Store gives to agencies

The St. Thomas Thrift Store, 1126 E. Montgomery Crossroad, has awarded its annual $40,000 in grants from proceeds.

The Thrift Store is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization. All net proceeds benefit the local community. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

CONTACT US

Contact Susan Catron, Executive Editor at 912-652-0327 or susan.catron@savannahnow.com.

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