Tour included discussion with k-Space staff on the CHIPS Act and its potential to support Michigan tech companies
k-Space was pleased to host Congresswoman Debbie Dingell earlier this week. She learned first-hand how k-Space advanced metrology tools support growing both the compound semiconductor and solar panel industries. Following a tour of k-Space engineering and production facilities led by CEO and co-founder, Darryl Barlett, Representative Dingell held a Q&A session with k-Space staff. The focus was on the potential of the CHIPS and Science Act for Michigan-based technology companies.
According to Darryl Barlett, k-Space CEO, “we welcomed the opportunity to give Representative Dingell a tour of our facilities. k-Space is in growth mode and Congresswoman Dingell was able to see exactly how we design and build our industrial and semiconductor metrology tools. Seeing first-hand the various semiconductor wafer measurements our tools make, plus getting a hands-on tour of our 3D printing facility, were highlights of the tour. We are very thankful for her visit and appreciate her energy and support of small business in Michigan.”
Following her tour, Congresswoman Dingell held a Q&A with k-Space staff. Questions ranged from how the CHIPS Act can benefit smaller technology companies, to developing a stronger green energy manufacturing base in Michigan, to the national security benefits of making semiconductor chips in the US. She also spoke briefly about the 2024 election, student loans, and how tech companies can effectively partner with public research universities.
Thanks to k-Space metrology tools, solar companies are now manufacturing more and better solar panels. And our industry-leading thin film metrology tools enable semiconductor chip companies to innovate with new compounds as they scale their chip manufacturing production here in the US.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.