Donaldson Company Inc. broke ground on a $15 million Material Research Center at its corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Minn.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Michael Wynblatt, vice president and chief technology officer, said, “The secret to leading in the filtration market is having great filter media, and that’s enabled by having great scientific fundamentals. This new Material Research Center will enable our continued growth and leadership in filtration innovation for years to come.”
As customers’ equipment and technology advance, Donaldson’s engineering, technology and operations staffs continually develop original solutions that anticipate and exceed these evolving requirements. The company currently holds more than 1,800 active U.S. and international patents, has over 100 technical laboratories and employs hundreds of engineers, scientists and technicians. Research and development investments like the Material Research Center help Donaldson attract the technical talent necessary for Donaldson’s success in innovation and commercialization of materials and technologies.
Tod Carpenter, Donaldson’s chairman, president and chief executive officer added, “The investment in this facility supports our commitment to developing new materials, diversifying with new technologies and penetrating new markets to drive profitable, long-term growth. Donaldson has been a filtration solutions leader for over a century; this Material Research Center will help us maintain that leadership position well into the future.”
With the addition of the Material Research Center, Donaldson will add six researchers and engineers to the company’s headquarters population of 1,100 employees. The architect for the planned 17,000-square-foot building is TKDA and the construction company is Gardner Builders. The Center is scheduled to open in November 2019.