Senior local and New Jersey state officials, led by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, celebrated the “beam topping-off” ceremony, along with some 200 assembled county residents, members of the media and Holtec’s professionals hailing a major milestone for the Holtec Technology Campus (HTC). The last, approximately 115 foot-long girder, signed by most attendees, was hoisted into place completing the structural backbone of the Campus’ main fabrication plant. Holtec’s investment to build and equip the fifty-acre campus, now topping $300 million, has caused a boom in the local construction industry, which will evolve into long term jobs when the plant opens for business in less than a year. In addition to the Manufacturing Facility, construction is also progressing rapidly on the Corporate Engineering Office, a light Manufacturing Facility, a Small Modular Reactor test loop, and a number of ancillary amenities within the Campus.
With the dilapidated 19th century buildings cleared, land de-grubbed, and nearly 4,000 piles installed, the new steel structures on the 50-acre Holtec Technology Campus (HTC) are now rising as a powerful symbol of Camden’s ascendance from industrial decay to the front row of manufacturing modernity. The photos below show glimpses of the ongoing construction at the HTC site, which will house a seven story office building, a cavernous heavy manufacturing facility, a reactor test loop (to prove out the safety of Holtec’s SMR-160 reactor) and sundry other buildings and structures. Hundreds of construction workers from the south Jersey region are building the HTC which will provide stable employment to hundreds and eventually thousands, of craftsmen when the facility opens in 2018. The campaign to recruit and train (as necessary) hundreds of shop workers from the local region with as many as possible from among Camden residents, is underway. The campus is on schedule to be commissioned by July 2018. “We view the rising silhouette of new structures on the Delaware River as a thrilling evidence of our resolve to help bring about urban renewal in Camden by creating a sustainable industrial base,” says Dr. Kris Singh, Holtec’s President and CEO.
In the pleasant, sunny afternoon of July 1, 2015, local and state officials led by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno (see photo above), joined by over 200 community leaders and stakeholders, witnessed the first of four thousand large concrete-filled steel piles to firmly pierce the ground, which will form the support foundation for the massive structures of the new Holtec Technology Campus. The Campus will house Holtec’s corporate engineering center, two large manufacturing plants, a reactor test loop and a number of ancillary facilities.
At a press conference on July 14, 2014, at the South Jersey Port Corporation’s Broadway Terminal hosted by Camden Mayor Ms. Dana Redd, Governor Chris Christie called the rise of cities like Camden essential to the prosperity of the State. Addressing the more than 200 people in attendance, Governor Christie praised Dr. Singh and Holtec for the commitment to build a $260 million dollar world-class technology center on the Camden waterfront stating, “your pledge to choose New Jersey to build the state-of-the-art 600,000 square foot manufacturing and design center is more than just an investment in your business, it is an investment in New Jersey and the renewal of manufacturing here in Camden.” Governor Christie also acknowledged that the commitment by Holtec marks the largest single investment of private capital in the history of Camden.
We are pleased to announce that Holtec International is entering into an agreement with the State of New Jersey to build a world class, state-of-the-art Technology Center which would include a massive manufacturing complex, a reactor test loop facility, and a corporate engineering building. The Center, which is expected to cost over $260 million and will take up to four years to build, represents the largest single investment of private capital in the history of Camden.