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Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) (web site)

350 Hills Street
Suite 101
Richland, 48 99354 (map it)


General Description

Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) is the regionalís technology incubator. APEL provides facilities, entrepreneurial support and business services to assist start up and expanding companies develop new technologies for commercialization. APEL eligibility is open to any company or individual planning to research, develop and / or manufacture new products and services and test new technologies. Facility lease terms range from six months to 5 years. APEL has a wet-lab / bio-lab rented by the day. Incubator programs are provided via service agreement.

Assistance Available

General Management/Business Planning
On-site APEL staff consult with clients on management decisions, business planning and marketing strategy. Additional expertise is available through APELís network of partners and Advisory Board members.

Incubator Services
The 90,000 square foot facility provides specialized space for developers of a wide range of technologies. The building carries wastewater discharge and gaseous effluent discharge permits supporting a variety of R&D and product production processes. Key features include wet and dry high bay, wet / dry laboratories, business start-up bays, offices and storage. Laboratories are equipped with typical lab services and effluent connections; hazardous waste storage is available. The building is secured with keycard access. Network includes high-speed broadband plus wireless connectivity. Spaces include telephone hook-up and LAN drops. Shared resources include conference rooms, copiers / scanners, storage, and mail / freight delivery services. Technical services available include a certified analytical laboratory, instrument calibration services, and environmental / waste management professional staff. Business, finance and marketing expertise is available through APELís network of partners and Advisory Board members. Entrepreneurial development is provided via one-to-one coaching and educational workshops.

Marketing Services
APEL provides marketing support to identify target markets, create brand strategies, marketing plans, and develop communication tactics and tools.

Regulatory Assistance
APEL holds a wastewater discharge permit and a gaseous effluent discharge permit covering building and tenant.

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Phone: (509) 372-5146
Fax: (509) 372-5153