New Mexico Economic Development Grant Helps ‘Build With Robots’ in R&D and Exhibit Space Expansion in Albuquerque

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The robotics team is building a robot to make schools, factories, and other workplaces safer. Courtesy/EDD

A Breezy One robot disinfects Albuquerque International Sunport. These robots can sanitize 100,000 square feet in less than an hour, often using a sanitizer mist developed at Sandia National Laboratories. Courtesy/EDD

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ALBUQUERQUE – “Build with Robots,” an Albuquerque company that designs and manufactures smart robots to disinfect and sanitize large areas, such as schools and airports, has received an economic development grant from the state of New York. Mexico to expand its workforce and ramp up production, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced Friday.

Building with robots planned to move by July 1 to a new headquarters at 119 E Marquette in downtown Albuquerque, growing to 24 high-paying jobs within a year and 64 new jobs by the end of 2024 .

“This is an incredibly exciting investment in well-paying, high-tech jobs with a local company,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “Anything New Mexico can do to support innovative startups and entrepreneurship, we will.”

The company’s first disinfection contract was with the Albuquerque International Sunport, where it uses its Breezy One robots to thoroughly disinfect all terminals and public areas each night. In addition to airports, Breezy One robots help secure schools, factories and other workplaces. The robots can sanitize 100,000 square feet in less than an hour, often using a sanitizer mist developed at Sandia National Laboratories.

“Albuquerque is here to join in the growth,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. “We’re working with local businesses and the state to create well-paying jobs for locals, help small businesses thrive by staying here in our city, and restore the momentum we had before Covid.”

The company focuses on hazardous, hazardous, or repetitive tasks through automation that can work alongside employees and maintenance personnel to improve working conditions.

The State of New Mexico has committed $360,000 through its LEDA Job Creation Fund for the expansion. Build With Robots has also received support through the Skills Training Incentive Program. These new professional-level jobs will have an average salary of $70,000.

“New Mexico has a thriving innovation ecosystem that supports new startups like Build With Robots,” said Cabinet Secretary Keyes. “It’s yet another local high-tech company creating well-paying jobs with state economic assistance, national lab expertise, and our skilled workforce.”

Build With Robots co-founders, chief strategy officer Matthew Ennis and president and CEO Chris Ziomek, already have start-up and entrepreneurial experience in New Mexico. Ziomek was president and founder of ZTEC Instruments, a startup acquired by Teradyne in 2013. Previously, he worked as a section chief at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a microwave engineer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He is also a board member of ABQid and Kane Robotics.

Ennis was CEO of GNI, a data analytics company, which he sold to Novetta (a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners), entrepreneur-in-residence at Presbyterian, vice president of business development at Lumidigm, and CEO and interim investor at NTxBio. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and holds a doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University.

“In New Mexico, it takes a village to build a business,” Ennis said. “We have received tremendous support from the State Department of Economic Development, the City of Albuquerque, and the New Mexico Congressional delegation. State assistance is essential and provides us with a significant investment as we decide to stay in New Mexico and grow. »

The City of Albuquerque is the fiscal agent for the project, pending approval and a public hearing from the Albuquerque City Council. The LEDA aid would be paid in phases as the company achieves its employment targets, in accordance with the project participation agreement.

Build With Robots has moved past its location at 101 Broadway Blvd. NE, Suite 3100, in the FUSE Maker space. The new location will include manufacturing, research and development, as well as a robot demo area to house in-person and virtual customers.

“Part of our economic development strategy is to ensure that local small businesses have the same access to incentive programs such as LEDA as large out-of-state businesses,” said Synthia R. Jaramillo, Director of Development economy of the city of Albuquerque. “Our investment in these companies is an investment in Albuquerque, and how we work to build a resilient economy that works for everyone.”

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