New Center Dedicated to Innovative Filtration Solutions
AAF Flanders recently opened a new Clean Air Innovation & Research Center (Clean AIR Center) in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The $5.4 million Clean AIR Center, which is 33,000 square feet, represents a significant advancement in research and development efforts for both AAF Flanders and the global air filtration industry.
Nathaniel Nance, Global Director of Research and Development, oversees project work at the Clean AIR Center. He has more than 15 years of experience in filter testing and application development. Rahul Bharadwaj, Senior Global Product Engineer, and Michael Osborne, Global Innovation Manager, in addition to a dedicated team, work with Nathaniel to develop innovative filtration solutions.
The center will create 25 new high-tech research and development jobs in Jeffersonville by 2018. The positions are expected to pay more than 2.5 times higher than Clark County's average wage. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered AAF Flanders up to $375,000 in tax credits based on these job creation plans. The new facility can accommodate a total of 40 employees, primarily in research and development. At the public grand opening, Phil Whitaker, CEO, said that "This investment will help foster the innovation and success that will ensure our leadership position in air filtration for the next 100 years.”
The first floor of the Clean AIR Center features 25,000 square feet of lab, testing and storage space, including a media materials development lab and a fully functional machine shop. Advanced testing capabilities include a dedicated UL filter testing room and TCO Diagnostic, a new proprietary software technology recently developed by AAF Flanders that provides locally optimized air handling analysis based on filter environments.
The center’s first floor training room is equipped with the latest audiovisual technology and can accommodate up to 30 people. It is used for both AAF Flanders team and customer training. The second floor includes 12 private, modern offices, 18 open workstations, and additional conference space.