Staff photo by Marisa Wojcik
Applied Technology Center
Fiberstar lab technologist Laura Williams works with a sample of orange pulp Thursday at a research lab inside Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Applied Technology Center. Fiberstar does research and development on food freshness and nutrition. Its work has produced a line of fiber products made from oranges.
After struggling to fill a third of its space with cutting-edge entrepreneurs a few years ago, Chippewa Valley Technical College’s business incubation venture now is full.
Sweeping changes made a couple of years ago — changing the facility’s name from NanoRite to the Applied Technology Center, widening its target industries and focusing on a smaller geographic area — helped it reach a mark sought since CVTC began the venture in summer 2007.
“It’s virtually 100 percent now,” said Tom Huffcutt, CVTC’s vice president of operations.
With the exception of an office housing a CVTC employee and some hours available in a shared lab space, the center is full of businesses working on a range of projects.