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4 January 2024

k-Space hosts visit by US Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

In the week before Christmas, k-Space Associates Inc of Dexter, MI, USA — which was founded in 1992 and produces thin-film metrology instrumentation and software for research and manufacturing of microelectronic, optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices — hosted Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, who represents Michigan’s 6th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives (as well as being a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Natural Resources Committee).

During a tour of k-Space engineering and production facilities led by CEO & co-founder Darryl Barlett, Dingell learned first-hand how k-Space’s metrology tools support growing both the compound semiconductor and solar panel industries.

“k-Space is in growth mode and Congresswoman Dingell was able to see exactly how we design and build our industrial and semiconductor metrology tools,” says Barlett. “Seeing first-hand the various semiconductor wafer measurements our tools make, plus getting a hands-on tour of our 3D printing facility, were highlights of the tour. We are very thankful for her visit and appreciate her energy and support of small business in Michigan.”

Following her tour, Dingell held a question & answer session with k-Space staff. Questions ranged from how the CHIPS and Science Act can benefit smaller Michigan-based technology companies, to developing a stronger green energy manufacturing base in Michigan, to the national security benefits of making semiconductor chips in the USA. She also spoke briefly about the 2024 election, student loans, and how tech companies can effectively partner with public research universities.

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