A company located in the Port of Camas-Washougal Industrial Park is embarking on a pilot project to grow sapphire crystals for multiple uses.
Sapphire Materials Company, LLC, is located in the Columbia Manufacturing & Technology Center, along with Silicon Chemical Corporation, SCC Solar Energy Group and Quantum Clean Corporation, at the former Saint-Gobain Crystals property, in Washougal.
CMTC, a limited liability company, purchased the site at 750 S. 32nd St. for $1.5 million in December 2010.
Jeff Ericcsen, controller with Sapphire Materials Company, said Monday the company is installing new equipment for growing sapphire crystal and fabricating parts.
“Commissioning and testing is underway for the crystal growth department, while fabrication equipment is arriving and being set up,” he said.