Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) maker Hydroid Inc. will break ground on a research facility near its existing location at Heritage Commerical Park in Pocasset this week. The Pocasset subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime said it will begin construction on the 40,000-square-foot manufacturing and research facility Thursday. The new center which, according to documents filed with the Cape Cod Commission, is part of the company’s effort to consolidate three lots, will be home to the company's existing employees and 21 new Hydroid employees.
The employees are slated to be added to the company’s current roster of 100 employees beginning in 2013, according to the company. In his pitch to the Bourne planning board, Hydroid President and Co-Founder Chris von Alt said the company is “very environmentally responsible,” has worked well with the Cape Cod Commission and is “happy to be in Bourne.”
Founded in 2001 with a tech transfer license from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Hydroid was launched to manufacture, market and sell the Remote Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS) technology designed and developed for the U.S. Navy by WHOI. The company was then acquired in 2008 by Kongsberg.
Hydroid’s AUVs are used by companies and government agencies to detect underwater mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other submerged objects. The company was recently tapped by the German Navy to provide the Navy with six REMUS AUVs to be used by the German Navy’s mine divers and the Japanese Ministry of Defense to aid in tsunami research.