Electric maritime company LAVLE plans to manufacture and test batteries to power ships in a new 50,000-square-foot facility in Skagit County, the company announced Monday.
LAVLE is a joint venture between Ockerman Automation of Anacortes and Japanese technology company 3DOM. The headquarters opened in Anacortes last summer.
The expansion includes moving into an existing 28,500-square-foot building near Skagit Regional Airport, and construction later this year of an adjacent 22,000-square-foot building, according to a LAVLE news release.
At the new site, the company will assemble energy storage systems for ships, using battery cells imported from Japan, and construct and test vessel control systems and other equipment, according to the release.
The new facility will support 50 jobs, the news release states.
“Our new fabrication facility is an important step forward towards commercialization and deployment of LAVLE’s (solid electrolyte battery) energy storage system,” LAVLE CEO Jason Nye said in a news release. “We are excited to be developing our technology solutions and building these products right here in Washington.”
Nye said in December the goals of the venture between Ockerman and 3DOM are electric vessels that are quieter and with fewer emissions.
“This is yet another example of Washington’s outstanding clean tech ecosystem leading the transition to a low-carbon future, and strengthening communities in every region of the state,” state Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown said in the release.
The plan is to begin operations at the new facility in June, Sean Connell, LAVLE vice president of governmental & public relations, told the Skagit Valley Herald.
He said the headquarters will remain in Anacortes.