Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ecospan of Calif. opening operations center near Exton

"California-based Ecospan, which says it has developed technology for turning organic waste into clear plastics - "compostable," though not "biodegradable," under U.S. guidelines - has leased 20,000 square feet at 753 Springdale Dr. in Whitelands Park near Exton, for its East Coast operations center and research lab.

"The offices are being renovated," new low-energy lighting added, "an R&D lab will be added to the property, and eventually the balance of the building will be converted to manufacturing." Ecospan won't name its clients, who it says are electronics manufacturers.

The site is a Keystone Innovation Zone, where employers are eligible for state tax breaks and subsidies of up to $100,000 a year.

Ecospan, headed by real estate-developer-turned-electric-vehicle-promoter Greg Hoffman, will house research, design, development, testing, manufacturing, and sales staff, initially employing 12, growing to 30 by the end of next year.

Two of the company's five senior managers will also be based in Exton: marketing boss Paul Cannon, a graduate of La Salle University and Widener's M.B.A. program and a former executive at Chester County-based VWR International L.L.C.; and operations chief John Vandenbergh, a Villanova graduate and former Conair Corp. manager."

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