Source: The Oak Ridger | December 13, 2017
For many years, MCLinc has been called the “poster child” of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Reindustrialization Program at the World War II era K-25 Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The company has now announced it plans to celebrate its upcoming 20th anniversary in a new 29,000-square foot laboratory facility on an 11.4-acre site in ETTP’s Horizon Center. The city of Oak Ridge’s Industrial Development Board approved a six-year, 50 percent property tax abatement for MCLinc at its October meeting, according to a release.
For almost two decades, the employee owners of MCLinc, an applied research company that provides environmental, chemical process optimization and industrial forensics consulting and analytical testing services, have turned the old, on-site laboratory at K-25 into a successful company, employing more than 20 professional employees — and becoming one of Oak Ridge’s most active corporate citizens.
“Reindustrialization” is the word coined in the 1990s to describe efforts to transfer the federal land, facilities, equipment and jobs to the private sector as part of the cleanup of the former K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant (now called the East Tennessee Technology Park or ETTP) that ceased operation in the mid-1980s.
MCLinc President/CEO Barry Stephenson stated, “Our team has provided quality service to our clients in a lab that was built in 1960 for the World War II Manhattan Project. It’s a tribute to the hard work of our employees and the loyalty of our customers that we are in the position to construct a new, state-of-the-art facility that will allow us to double our workforce over the next five years.”
Both Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch and Roane County Executive Ron Woody praised MCLinc as a quality company and a great, local corporate citizen.
“Barry and MCLinc are synonymous in Roane County with great people doing great work,” said Woody.
“We are very proud of MCLinc’s success and their efforts to prove that the reindustrialization program continues to be an effective strategy for economic growth in our community.”
Gooch commented that moving MCLinc’s operations from the brownfield site at ETTP’s Heritage Center to a greenfield site at ETTP’s neighboring Horizon Center is an exciting accomplishment.
MCLinc, a former U.S. Department of Energy Environmental User Facility, began its commercial business in 1998 as part of DOE’s reindustrialization program. The company provides consultation and testing services in industrial forensics, materials characterization, bench-scale studies and specialty environmental chemistry to private industry, university and federal clients.
MCLinc’s unique laboratory facilities, combined with their experienced technical staff, has given them the ability to work with hazardous, radioactive and classified materials, a release stated.
MCLinc is an active partner in the community and supports many programs including Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of the Clinch Valley, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, the Emory Valley Center, Roane Imagination Library, and Girls Inc.
MCLinc employees are also active in many local community activities such as the East Tennessee Environmental Business Association (ETEBA), Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC), the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the Roane Alliance, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, Oak Ridge Public School Education Foundation, and Roane State Foundation. Stephenson has also served as past president of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge and past chair of ETEC.
For more information about MCLinc, please visit www.MCL-inc.com.