Semiconductor company invests $4 million, creates 30 jobs with Manhattan expansion

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Published: Oct. 27, 2022 at 2:23 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A company that manufactures semiconductors will invest $4 million and create 30 new jobs with a new expansion in Manhattan.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced on Thursday, Oct. 27, that Radiation Detection Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor device manufacturer, will expand its operations around Manhattan. She said the company will create 30 new jobs over the next 5 years with a $4 million investment to build a new facility and buy new equipment.

“Radiation Detection Technologies’ investment shows that Kansas businesses are not just keeping up with technological trends – they’re setting them,” Gov. Kelly said. “It’s clear that my administration’s laser-sharp focus on economic development is paying dividends and is ensuring our state’s economy remains modern and innovative in a rapidly changing world.”

Kelly noted that RDT was founded in 2011 by the Kansas State University Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies Lab. She said RDT focuses on manufacturing state-of-the-art, high-quality semiconductor devices and materials, radiation detectors and electronic circuit tech for use in multiple industries including healthcare, defense, energy and agriculture.

“With the support from the greater Manhattan area and the State of Kansas, we are happy and proud to be expanding semiconductor manufacturing in the state,” said RDT CEO Dr. Steven Bellinger. “This industry is growing around the world, and being able to conduct innovative R&D for the DoD, DOE, NIH, and NASA is exciting. We are confident that with the great veterans, university graduates, and the hard-working, results-driven workforce in Kansas, we have the talent pool we need to grow in the state.”

The Governor indicated that RDT’s expansion is part of a growing manufacturing industry across the state. She said a pillar of the Kansas Framework for Growth is advanced manufacturing.

“Kansas is on the cutting edge of research across a wide range of industries, and this fuels the new businesses and jobs of the future,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Our state’s innovation ecosystem and strong talent pipelines will continue to spark new business investment and create new jobs for Kansans.”

Kelly said RDT has recently experienced significant growth in semiconductor device sales and anticipated continued growth. To meet the increase in demand, RDT has invested in better production capabilities, more square footage, more employees and additional equipment to manufacture semiconductor devices ranging from radiation detection to electric vehicle semiconductor power chips.

“The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is very excited to support the expansion of Radiation Detection Technologies,” said Jason Smith, President and CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. “We appreciate the investment this innovative entrepreneurial company, which started at Kansas State University, is making in our region. RDT has gone from one employee to 22 and has supported Manhattan, K-State, and the state of Kansas since its founding in 2011. We look forward to partnering with RDT to expand semiconductor production capacity in the Greater Manhattan area. This growth will add a desired skillset and result in creating quality jobs, continued collaboration with Kansas State University, and enhanced economic prosperity for our region.”

The Governor noted that RDT will continue to use a state-of-the-art dry room which it donated to K-State to manufacture radiation detectors for a new type of soil-moisture monitoring technology with applications in agriculture and weather prediction.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation, I wish to congratulate Radiation Detection Technologies for their expansion and investment in our county as well as the creation of new jobs in the greater Manhattan area,” said Jack Allston, Executive Director of the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation. “We also express our gratitude to Steve Bellinger, his team, and his family, who have a long history of development and commitment in western Pottawatomie County.”

Kelly indicated that RDT is dedicated to working with private and public sector customers and plans to participate in the new CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 to strengthen and grow the state’s semiconductor R&D and manufacturing industry.