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Not-yet-open FRIB already pours $3M into Livingston County


Howell chamber President Pat Convery listens as Tom Nowak of the FRIB answers a question at the March 10 Good Morning Livingston program.

We still don’t understand all the nuances of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams after the March 10 Good Morning Livingston program. But we do know that this first-of-its-kind science facility, currently under construction at Michigan State University, is a game-changer for the state.

In addition to toppling MIT from its throne as home to the top nuclear physics program in the country, MSU now awards 10 percent of nuclear physics doctoral degrees in the country.

And if that isn’t impressive enough, the facility – currently the largest construction project in Michigan – is already affecting the state’s economy. To date, just under $312 million has been spent in labor and procurements in Michigan, with $3 million of that making its way into Livingston County.

Tom Nowak, business opportunity and procurement manager of the FRIB, outlined the workings of the project and said its economic impact “can only grow from here.”

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