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Mühlbauer International, a technology partner for the smart card, ePassport and solar back-end industry, celebrated the grand opening of its Smart Factory Competence Center, the newly-expanded space in the company’s Newport News location in Oakland Industrial Park. Located on Picketts Line, this facility has served as a base for Mühlbauer’s North American business activities since 2009. Prior to expanding, the property occupied 33,115 square feet of office/assembly space, and employed a staff of 31. Construction of an additional 51,200 square feet was completed in December 2017, and houses a showroom primarily for product demonstrations and training, with some additional assembly capacity. The project created 15-20 additional jobs and represented a $12 million dollar investment.
The two-day celebration event included a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony featuring the company’s founder, Josef Mühlbauer and Mayor Price, as well as tours and demonstrations of Mühlbauer’s latest technology.
Mühlbauer specializes in innovative one-stop solutions which include the production, personalization and issuance of ID cards and other card-related security documents. The company’s solutions also enable users to manufacture multimedia cards, smart labels for access control, supply chain management and tracking of textiles and applications for the retail industry.