In 1987, computers were more like word processors and Silicon Valley was pretty small. This was also the year that New Logic was founded by Brad Culkin and Ric Johnson. Like Hewlett Packard, these two guys started the company in a garage and began building a small desktop sized vibrating filter to be used for blood plasma separation. They had gotten a grant from a pharmaceutical company to develop this device. That’s how it all started and it grew from there. After completion of that project and the prospect of much larger devices, New Logic moved into a larger commercial space that was about 500 m2.
Not long after that in 1996, New Logic purchased a 3700 m2 facility in Emeryville California on 67th Street. This facility served us well for a long period of time. But the Bay Area was undergoing many rapid changes. Due to rising local taxes, crime, and traffic, most of the manufacturing companies were moving out of the Bay Area for less restrictive and safer areas to conduct business. In 2012, there was yet another local income tax increase. At that time, we were one of only a handful of manufacturing companies left in Emeryville. We decided it was time to plan for relocating. So we started a 2nd manufacturing facility in Minden Nevada. Over the next several years, this smaller satellite company began hiring and training new staff and eventually was manufacturing all of the same products as the Emeryville facility.
New Logic then sold its Emeryville facility and relocated all of its operations to Minden Nevada, just south of Reno. The building where the previous Nevada operations were taking place was too small, so New Logic purchased a 5100 m2 facility and moved all of its equipment and personnel to this new facility. It took a couple of months to get everything moved and set up and New Logic has now completed its transition to this new beautiful facility located at 2527 Aviation Way in Minden Nevada.
The new manufacturing facility has plenty of shop space for building large systems and has office space for up to 30 engineers. This area has been booming as it has attracted many relocating manufacturing such as Tesla which has opened a mega-factory to build car batteries. There is good access to mechanical trades such as welding and machining. In addition, the University in Reno has an excellent Chemical Engineering program that New Logic has used several times.
After all these growing pains, we are very happy to have settled into a beautiful large facility that can be our final home. We are looking forward to growing and expanding as VSEP projects continue to increase and deploy worldwide.