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Electron beam tech company in Davenport expands

PCT Ebeam and Integration

A company in the Quad Cities that makes electron beam technology has finished a major expansion project.

Last November, PCT Ebeam and Integration began construction to double the size of its 30,000 square-foot facility in Davenport.

President Karl Swanson says the systems made by the company are used for many different projects. One is to produce food safe packaging that uses less plastic.

"We use electrical energy to change the properties of a material."

"We've provided equipment to Oak Ridge National Lab, they're using that in the development of new methods to produce lithium ion batteries. In that case, we can reduce the use of some harmful chemicals in the battery production," he said.

"We just shipped a machine to Michigan, it'll actually be used to eliminate mold in cannabis."

The expansion comes nearly five years after the company changed hands.

"We're owned by a group of nine employees here, and the nine of us bought the company back from a Swiss company five years ago, so we're also just coming up on the five year anniversary of once again becoming a locally private owned company."

Swanson says PCT Ebeam is also hoping to hire more people for the new space.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.