Micatu Expands Facility Space


CORNING, NEW YORK - Micatu Incorporated, a leader in cutting-edge optical sensing technology, finalized Phase I of its expansion with the completion of a new office and training space in upstate New York. The company also launched its next expansion phase, which features a world-class optical sensor manufacturing facility with a clean room and outdoor grid distribution testing lab. Upon completion during the first quarter of 2022, the total expansion will encompass 40,000 square feet, with manufacturing and testing encompassing about 60% of this space.

"Every inch of our new space was designed from spec to meet our unique needs as we ramp up our staffing and production to meet the rapidly growing demand for our optical sensors," said Michael Oshetski, CEO of Micatu. "This expansion sets us up for the next stage of our company by providing us with the amenities and testing capabilities that are only found in some of the largest facilities and most advanced research labs in the nation."

With an eye toward adding at least 25 team members in positions ranging from engineering to assembly technicians to sales team members, Micatu's open-office format is well-suited for collaboration among employees and departments. The centerpiece of this first expansion phase is a state-of-the-art training center for employee training, customer information and instructional sessions, corporate events, and networking.

Glass windows in the office space offer a glimpse into one of the world's largest optical sensor manufacturing facilities. Highly specialized features include an outdoor high voltage lab, enabling Micatu to conduct a range of testing for harmonics, temperature, voltage, and other scenarios on its own distribution grid. Additional features include a clean room for optical assembly and thermal test systems in the warehouse and a high-tech voltage calibration lab.

The company will maintain its current 10,000-square-foot office space located at 315 Daniel Zenker Dr. in Horseheads, New York, for a total of 50,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space.

Micatu's optical sensors measure the electric field using light passed through an optical crystal instead of passing electrons, yielding unprecedented data accuracy. The optical sensing technology platform allows crews to hang sensors faster and in more areas without compromising accuracy, impacting safety, sparking wildfire risks, or creating outages. The sensors seamlessly integrate with grid operations software