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Delaware Chosen for $40 Million Expansion from Global Water Technologies Leader Solenis

Updated November 16, 2022
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Increased demand for Solenis’ sustainability-focused products and services is driving growth in Wilmington.

Wilmington is the hometown of Solenis and will now serve as the location of a massive $40 million research and development expansion.

Solenis is planning to build a 100,000 square-foot building for research and development operations at 713 Chestnut Run Innovation and Science Park (CRISP). CRISP is being developed into a hub for life science and advanced chemical companies by the MRA group.

The new facility will offer Solenis 20,000 more square-feet of lab space than their current research and development center on Ashland’s Wilmington campus. The larger size will allow Solenis to add 46 new expert-level jobs such as lab technicians, scientists, and researcher and development supervisors.

Governor John Carney explains “Solenis chose to build their global water technologies in Wilmington. This week’s announcement shows their continued commitment to our state and workforce… Solenis will expand its research and development operations to a 100,000-square-foot building. Thank you to Solenis for continuing to strengthen Delaware’s workforce and science and technology sector.”

Solenis is a large aspect of Delaware’s growing science and technology industry and a valuable employer. Investing in Wilmington is a significant opportunity for both Solenis and the city. Solenis’ continued commitment to Delaware comes with projected growth.

Since 2020, Solenis has 48 manufacturing facilities and over 6,400 employees worldwide who serve a variety of industries in 120 countries. Solenis employs more than 300 in Delaware, with about 185 employees at the Avenue North headquarters and 140 employees at its Ashland R&D site.

New Castle County Executive, Matt Meyer, says “What the MRA Group has done for the CRISP campus is transformative for our County…The redeveloped campus gives our existing Delaware companies that are expanding a home to grow and thrive. New Castle County is proud to continue to be the home of Solenis, which provides great jobs in our community producing innovative and sustainable solutions for everyday life.”

Solenis presented an application to Delaware’s Council on Development Finance (CDF) for a Jobs Performace grant of $552,000 and a Delaware Lab Space Grant of $3.5 million for the Delaware Strategic Fund to support Solenis’ investment of $40 million.

Solenis CEO John Panichella comments “Solenis has deep roots in Delaware, so we are pleased to announce our continued commitment to growing in the state at CRISP… This investment of moving our Wilmington research center to a contemporary new location, in combination with our recently opened headquarters at Avenue North, allows us to continue to attract, retain and recruit the highest caliber of employees.”

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