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Insitu expands production operations, employees and revenue from its base in rural Bingen, Washington

Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington, announced that it has produced its 1,000th ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system and that it is expanding production to a facility in Stevenson, Washington. According to The Oregonian, "The company has grown from four employees when it was founded in 1994, to six when [CEO Steve] Sliwa joined in 2001, to about 30 in 2004 to 360 employees in July 2008 when Boeing announced it was going to acquire Insitu as a wholly owned subsidiary." As of July 6, 2009, Insitu has 657 employees with roughly 200 deployed internationally. Revenues for 2009 are expected to be around $200 million, compared to $143 million in 2008.

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  • In remote Washington, Insitu's growth takes off with remote aircraft
    OregonLive.com - Portland, Ore. - July 9, 2009
  • Insitu Produces 1,000th ScanEagle; Expands Production Operations
    Insitu - Bingen, Wash. - July 9, 2009

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  • Insitu: the origin and evolution of its unmanned aircraft
    Posted 6/29/2009
  • Boeing's acquisition of Insitu buys small-company culture; provides market power
    Posted 5/29/2009
  • Insitu wins $250M U.S. Special Ops contract for ScanEagle
    Posted 5/26/2009

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    Insitu: the origin and evolution of its unmanned aircraft

    The Seattle Times explores the history and evolution of Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington. From finding tuna to supporting military reconnaissance, Insitu grew from a three-person company in 1998 to a six-hundred person company manufacturing aircraft in 2009.

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  • Unmanned aircraft started as tuna finder
    Seattle Times - United States - June 19, 2009

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  • Boeing's acquisition of Insitu buys small-company culture; provides market power
    Posted 5/29/2009
  • Insitu wins $250M U.S. Special Ops contract for ScanEagle
    Posted 5/26/2009

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    Boeing's acquisition of Insitu buys small-company culture; provides market power

    Flight International, an international aerospace news weekly magazine, goes behind the scenes of Insitu and Boeing to see how the organizations will pair their cultural strengths in the growing market for unmanned aerial systems.

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  • Boeing's culture challenger
    Flightglobal - UK - May 28, 2009

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    Insitu wins $250M U.S. Special Ops contract for ScanEagle

    Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington, has received a five-year contract with a potential value of $250 million from U.S. Special Operations Command for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services using the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft. The camera-carrying drone aircraft was used recently in the U.S. Navy's rescue of an American ship captain held by Somali pirates.

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    Insitu has major role in Columbia Gorge economy

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer profiles the rural economic impact of Insitu, an unmanned aircraft maker based in Bingen, Washington. The company started in a garage 15 years ago and has since grown to more than 500 employees at 21 locations located primarily in Klickitak and Skamania counties along the Columbia Gorge. Now a wholly-owned but independent subsidiary of Boeing, Insitu plans to keep its headquarters in the Columbia Gorge and is considering options for expanding and consolidating its operations.

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  • Drones play big role in Columbia Gorge economy
    Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA - May 13, 2009

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  • Insitu unmanned aerial vehicles watched pirates
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    Insitu unmanned aerial vehicles watched pirates


    Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington, supplied the drone that assisted the Navy's USS Bainbridge in its rescue of an American captain captured by Somali pirates. Insitu's ScanEagle weighs 40 pounds, has a 10-foot wingspan, can fly 20 hours, and transmits day and night surveillance video. In other news, the Canadian Department of National Defence recently awarded Insitu a $30 million one-year contract to continue providing unmanned aerial vehicle services to its military.

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  • Insitu assists in American hostage rescue
    The Enterprise - White Salmon - April 22, 2009
  • Off Beat: Locally made unmanned aircraft kept electronic eye on pirate drama
    Columbian.com - Vancouver, WA - April 20, 2009
  • Drone built by Boeing subsidiary watches pirates
    Seattle Times - WA - April 13, 2009
  • New contract for small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAV) will boost economy
    Government of Canada - April 6, 2009

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    Insitu awarded $20.9 M defense contract for unmanned air systems

    From the DoD press release: Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $20,917,403 firm fixed price contract for the procurement of ScanEagle Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) hardware for four operational sites, 3 spare/operational float packages, and critical spares kits in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) missions. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in Jul. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-2. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-09-C-0005).

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  • Insitu CEO and President Steve Sliwa, and other company heads, give acquisition advice in TechFlash
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    Insitu CEO and President Steve Sliwa, and other company heads, give acquisition advice in TechFlash

    TechFlash's John Cook and Eric Engleman spoke with six company heads including Steve Sliwa of Insitu for their advice to entrepreneurs who are considering deals.

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    Insitu acquired by Boeing

    Insitu, a maker of unmanned aerial systems in Bingen, Washington for military and commercial customers, has been acquired by Boeing. Insitu will continue to operate independently as a separate subsidiary under Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' Military Aircraft unit.

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  • Insitu wins $24M contract for unmanned aircraft

    A marketing alliance with Boeing has helped Bingen-based Insitu access defense markets for its unmanned aerial vehicles.

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  • Eleven companies, researchers awarded grants

    "Live long and prosper" could be the tagline for this year's Research and Technology Development (RTD) grant winners. Disease prevention, greener living, and raising the bar on performance were popular themes among the most recent round of grants awarded by Washington Technology Center (WTC).

    RTD grant winners for July 2006 are 3TIER, Seattle; Cadwell Laboratories, Kennewick; Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc., Seattle; EnergG2, Seattle; Hummingbird Scientific, Lacey; Infometrix, Inc., Bothell; Insitu, Bingen; Kronos Air Technologies, Redmond; MicroGREEN Polymers, Arlington; SpringStar USA, Inc., Woodinville; and VentriPoint, Seattle.

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    WTC awarded $952,414 through its RTD program to 11 Washington companies teamed with state researchers from the University of Washington, Washington State University and Swedish Medical Center.

    Winning proposals outlined breakthrough discoveries in everything from heart disease to hydropower, psychoses to pest control, cancer prevention to chromatographs, robust energy storage to robotic reconnaissance aircraft.

    Thermal management was a "hot" issue this year as well with projects taking on such challenges as high temperature testing for nanotech applications, air handling systems for micro-electronics and heat-resistant food packaging made from eco-friendly materials.

    WTC allocates more than $1.2 million annually to the RTD grants program, which provides seed funding to entrepreneurial companies teamed with university researchers on technology projects that show strong commercial potential. Applicants are eligible for financial awards ranging from $100,000 for initial proof-of-concept projects to up to $300,000 for multi-phase research.

    The process is competitive and the goal is clear: to transition our state's most promising innovations into commercial products, company growth and high-wage jobs. The Washington Technology Center has supported 293 technology commercialization projects through its RTD program since 1995.

    These grants have proved effective in helping these companies transition novel technologies from "good ideas" into commercially-viable ventures. From this initial funding, these companies are better able to attract add-on funding from federal grants, angel investors, and industry partners. Annual follow-up surveys show that WTC–assisted companies have been successful in leveraging RTD grants into more than $400 million in additional funding.

    WTC estimates that through its work with Washington entrepreneurs, over 7,000 new technology jobs have been created in our state, many of these from RTD Award recipients. This round of grants is expected to generate roughly 250 full-time technology jobs in Washington over the next two to five years.

    July 2006
    RTD Grant Winners

    3Tier
    Seattle
    Research Partner:
    Andrew Wood, PhD, UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Cadwell Laboratories
    Kennewick
    Research Partner: James Wise, PhD, WSU-TriCities

    Calypso Medical Technologies (*project canceled)
    Seattle
    Research Partner:
    Timothy P. Mate, MD, Swedish Medical Center

    EnergG2
    Seattle
    Research Partner: Guozhong Cao, PhD, UW Materials Science & Engineering

    Hummingbird Scientific
    Lacey
    Research Partner:
    Karl Bohringer, PhD,
    UW Electrical Engineering

    Infometrix
    Bothell
    Research Partners: Jaromir Ruzicka, PhD, Mel Koch, PhD, UW Center for Process Analytical Chemistry

    Insitu
    Bingen
    Research Partner:
    Rolf Rysdyk, PhD, UW Aeronautics & Astronautics

    Kronos Air Technologies
    Redmond
    Research Partner:
    Alexander Mamishev, PhD, UW Electrical Engineering

    MicroGREEN Polymers
    Arlington
    Research Partner:
    Vipin Kumar, PhD, UW Mechanical Engineeering

    SpringStar USA, Inc.
    Woodinville
    Research Partner:
    R. Bruce Darling, PhD,
    UW Electrical Engineering

    VentriPoint
    Seattle
    Research Partner:
    Florence Sheehan, MD,
    UW Medical Center

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  • 12 Companies Receive Research Grants from Washington Technology Center

    Sounder sleep. Healthier teeth and gums. More effective medication. Lush lawns and gardens. Tastier breakfast cereal. More powerful electronics. Stealthier military operations. These are some of the innovative ideas born from Washington researchers and business entrepreneurs that will get a jump start to market thanks to public investment from Washington Technology Center (WTC).

    WTC's Research & Technology Development (RTD) grants program awards more than $1 million annually to university researchers teamed with technology companies on projects that show potential for commercial success.

    Twelve Washington companies received awards totaling more than $657,000 in the most recent round of funding. These recipients represent businesses all across Washington, east to west and north to south, with research support provided by three of the state's major academic institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University and Central Washington University. This round of projects also strikes a nice balance of technology businesses operating in both urban and rural communities.

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    The financing assistance provided by these awards is designed to help companies looking to develop innovative new products to get the support necessary to conduct critical research and development studies. The ultimate goal is to provide these companies with a competitive commercial edge, accelerate the delivery of new technologies to market and create healthy business and higher wage jobs in Washington. The outcome of the research in these 12 projects is estimated to generate 650 new technology jobs in Washington over the next five years.

    Below is a list of the 12 RTD grant recipients. To read about each company and their research, click on the company names.

    Phase One Award Winners
    American Premix Technologies, Creston, Wash.
    CellVitro Technologies, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
    DiMeMa, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
    Kronos Air Technologies, Inc., Redmond, Wash.
    Pro-Tech Services, Inc., Mukilteo, Wash.
    SoilSoup, Inc., Seattle, Wash.

    Phase Two Award Winners
    Andgar Corporation, Ferndale, Wash.
    B&G; Farms, Royal City, Wash.
    Insitu Group, Bingen, Wash.
    MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc., Stanwood, Wash.
    Second Act Partners, Inc., Redmond, Wash.
    Tree Top, Inc., Selah, Wash.

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