California clean technology company expands to Peoria

California Clean Technology Company Expands to Peoria

Maxwell Technologies to create 150-200 new manufacturing jobs

PHOENIX (October 19, 2011) – Maxwell Technologies Inc., a San Diego-based clean technology company that manufactures ultracapacitors, today announced a new industrial facility in Peoria at Mack Arrowhead Commerce Park. The company will create 150-200 new jobs over the next three years with a capital investment of $26 million.

Ultracapacitors are high-density energy storage devices characterized by long operational life, rapid charge and discharge and reliable performance at extreme temperatures. They are currently being used in wind turbines, hybrid and electric transit vehicles, uninterruptible power supply systems and many other applications.

“Sales of our ultracapacitor products are growing by about 50 percent annually for the fourth straight year, so we need to create additional production capacity,” said David Schramm, Maxwell’s president and chief executive officer. “Peoria has everything we were looking for in an expansion site.”

“Ultracapacitors are enabling many diverse applications and supporting breakthrough and disruptive technologies, including solar and wind energy and hybrid vehicles,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “We believe Maxwell Technologies is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the growing energy sector in the U.S. and are working to bring more innovative companies like them to the Greater Phoenix market.”

“Maxwell Technologies made a smart decision in choosing Arizona for its new location,” said Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “This state offers an unrivaled business climate, a skilled workforce, and progressive policies. Today’s news further enhances Arizona’s position as the center for production and the use of renewable energy products.”

“Maxwell Technologies’ decision shows that Peoria is open for business,” said Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett. “We look forward to working with them to create jobs for our citizens.”

Since 2010, when the Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program was enacted, Greater Phoenix has seen nearly a dozen renewable energy companies move or expand in the region, including some of the industry’s biggest companies like First Solar, Abengoa, Suntech Power Holdintgs, Rioglass, Gestamp Solar Steel, Power-One and Saint Gobain. All told, the region’s renewable energy cluster has spurred nearly $2 billion in private investments and more than 6,000 jobs.

Sara Dial, of Sara Dial & Associates, represented Maxwell Technologies in the site selection process. For the transaction, Maxwell Technologies was represented by CBRE – Tom Martinez and Steve Holland from San Diego, Bill Bayless and Andrew Brigham from Phoenix – while Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan and Rusty Kennedy represented The Mack Company, which owns the property.

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Media Contact:

Nicole McTheny, Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Arizona Commerce Authority

602.845.1231 or nicolem@azcommerce.com

About Maxwell Technologies:

Maxwell Technologies is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Maxwell’s ultracapacitor products provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications.  Its high- voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Its radiation-mitigated microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and single board computers that incorporate powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications. For more information, please visit www.maxwell.com.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority:

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Visit AzCommerce.com for more.