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NanoSonic Opens Business in Giles County
An old silo stands just outside a metal building beside U.S. 460 in Giles County. Just another former farm turned into an industrial park? Not quite.
This is the Wheatland Eco-Park. Certification is being sought for the 30,000-square-foot-building, the first one in the 120-acre industrial park, under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Every building in the park will meet LEED standards.
The company housed in the building, NanoSonic Inc., is a high-tech operation that makes amazing things. Its coatings, for example, can protect against fire. Yet the company is best known for a bendable, stretchable, nearly indestructible material that conducts electricity. In keeping with the park's green focus, NanoSonic's operations are nontoxic and virtually waste free.
NanoSonic Inc | Learn about the construction 158 Wheatland Drive, Wheatland Eco Park, Pembroke, VA 24136 (540) 626-6266
President of NanoSonic
Richard Claus received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1977. For more than 30 years, he served on the engineering faculty at Virginia Tech, where he taught EE, materials science and chemistry, and most recently held the Lewis A. Hester Chair of Engineering. He has published more than 1,000 journal and conference papers and 30 issued patents related to electronic and optical materials, transducer devices and instrumentation systems. Claus left Virginia Tech in January 2007 to work full-time at NanoSonic.