SOURCE: UltraCell

September 10, 2007 09:00 ET

UltraCell® Opens Dayton, Ohio Manufacturing Facility

Facility to Help Fuel Region's Economy; Officials to Join Company Representatives at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

DAYTON, OH--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - UltraCell Corporation, a leading producer of reformed methanol fuel cells (RMFCs) for mobile power applications, today announced it will inaugurate its Dayton, Ohio manufacturing facility with a plant dedication and open house tomorrow, September 11, at 2:00 p.m. local Dayton time.

The ceremony will include remarks from UltraCell executives and officials from the organizations involved in bringing the facility into operation. The ceremony will be held at the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio -- the site of the facility -- and will conclude with a ribbon cutting at approximately 3:30 p.m. Members of the press interested in attending the event are invited to contact Randy Wambold at rwambold@chenpr.com or 781-672-3119.

"We're proud to be part of the Dayton community. UltraCell looks forward to building on our legacy of fuel cell products and services," said Frank Beafore, UltraCell vice president of manufacturing based in Ohio. "We appreciate the overwhelming support we've received from local officials and organizations. We look forward to a long term partnership with the community and the state economy."

Individuals and organizations whose work contributed to this milestone include:

--  The Dayton Regional Development Coalition - a greater Dayton area
    organization focused on implementing initiatives that start, recruit, grow
    and retain high-value jobs
--  The Entrepreneur Center - a business incubator specializing in tech-
    based companies
--  Edison Material Technology Center (EMTEC) - a non-profit, member-based
    organization serving Ohio that develops business and technology strategies,
    and sponsors, coordinates and manages collaborative technology projects and
    programs
--  The Third Frontier Project - a ten-year, $1.6 billion initiative to
    expand Ohio's high-tech research capabilities
--  Edison Welding Institute - an engineering and technology organization
    dedicated to the research and development of materials joining and welding
--  University of Dayton Research Institute - a private research and
    development organization that supports industry and innovation
--  Battelle Memorial Institute - a global science and technology
    enterprise that develops and commercializes technology and manages
    laboratories for customers
--  The Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative - a $103 million program aimed at
    creating jobs in the sector
--  Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin and other city officials
--  Montgomery County Commissioners
--  Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Director of the Ohio Department of
    Development Lee Fisher
--  Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted
--  The University of Dayton
--  Wright State University
--  Sinclair Community College
--  Ohio State University
--  Case Western Reserve University
    

UltraCell's commitment to an initial 20,000 square feet in the 100,000-square-foot facility represents a major manufacturing milestone. The plant will utilize lean manufacturing, six sigma principles and state-of-the-art automation for sustainability of high quality jobs that produce fuel processors and fuel stack assemblies. As the plant grows, additional manufacturing jobs are projected for the coming years. UltraCell plans to expand the plant's capacity as business develops. Frank Beafore, UltraCell's vice president of manufacturing, will lead the company's expansion efforts. Beafore has spent 17 years developing technical and manufacturing operations in Ohio.

About UltraCell

UltraCell is a leading producer of small, lightweight and energy efficient power solutions for mobile and remote electronic devices. UltraCell has pioneered reformed-methanol fuel cell technology as a high-density energy source that can be produced from renewable resources. Through its exclusive license with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories for micro fuel cell technology, the company is bringing the benefits of fuel cell power to vital mobile and remote operations -- such as military missions, emergency and disaster response, remote surveillance, and field research and exploration. For more information, please visit: www.ultracellpower.com.

Contact Information

  • For More Information, Contact:
    Randy Wambold
    CHEN PR, Inc.
    781-672-3119
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