SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Located within South Charleston's 258-acre regional technologic park, the Mid-Atlantic Technology Research Innovation Center focuses on rekindling the Kanawha Valley's innovation leadership that was once driven by Union Carbide.
"MATRIC is on the move," said Steve Hedrick, MATRIC CEO. "We're driving for the next 10 years with our vision to be recognized as the strategic innovation partner of choice for our customers in our market where science and technology provide that competitive advantage."
After Union Carbide and Dow Chemical merged and moved the majority of its research facilities out of West Virginia, then-Gov. Joe Manchin teamed up with the state Higher Education Policy Commission in 2010, which gave the state control of the park.
On Aug. 8, MATRIC celebrated 10 years of operation.
"We're proud to have achieved 10 years," Hedrick said. "Most startup companies don't make it to 10 years."
Located in the old Union Carbide building, MATRIC scientists and chemists work to develop new ideas, processes, systems and products confidentially for customers worldwide. So far, MATRIC has done business on six continents.
"MATRIC represents a major component of research and development at the tech park," said Paul Hill, chancellor of West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which oversees the entire park.
"As the park advances and we continue honing in our focus on technology-based economic development, MATRIC is an indispensable partner. They attract contract work and technical projects that pay dividends in terms of employment and business opportunities."
Hedrick prides himself on the company's "uncommon expertise."
He said the "intellectual capabilities of scientists in this organization are unmatched." Despite Union Carbide's departure, the intellectual power is still in the Kanawha Valley to be a leader in innovation, Hedrick said.
"That's the trick," he said. "You offer, 'This could be worked on anywhere in the world, but the know-how expertise associated with executing true innovation, real innovation -- that requires that human element.'"
He added that the company also has uncommon infrastructure.