The State of New Mexico in the last few days of 2021 pledged economic assistance to New Jersey-based WTEC Energy Corp. to redevelop a former Alpo dog food manufacturing facility in rural Doña Ana County and create 315 jobs manufacturing wire cable for both solar and wind energy generation units. The site, closed down by Alpo in 2014, is in the federally designated Colonia of Chamberino in the southern part of the state, and will eventually be used to manufacture wind turbine towers as well. According to reporting by Gwynne Ann Unruh in The Paper, Chamberino, located close to the border with Mexico, had a population of 625 in 2019, and was listed a a ghost town by Ghosttowns.com. The state said WTEC chose New Mexico over Texas for the investment “because of the collaborative business climate, incentives, and the proximity to the fast-growing wind and solar installations in the Western United States.” The state has pledged $2 million from its Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) job-creation fund to assist WTEC with land, building, and infrastructure improvements.
Absci, which describes itself as a “drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning AI and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins,” recently announced the opening of its new campus a few miles east of the downtown location that housed the company for the last four years. “Absci has been an incredibly positive force in the Vancouver community since establishing its headquarters here in 2016,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. Covering over 85,000 sq. ft. of lab, office and meeting spaces, the new campus features regionally sourced, renewable, and natural building materials, custom finishes, and “a vibrant aesthetic,” says the company, with scalable lab space designed to maximize flow, increase capacity and readily reconfigure as needed. “We designed the light-filled space around collaboration and the pursuit of scientific excellence, and we are thrilled with the pride our Unlimiters feel inhabiting this new campus,” said Sean McClain, founder and CEO of Absci.