Pancopia, Inc. celebrated its 5th anniversary and coinciding move into new, expanded facilities by hosting a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony November 11, 2019 for local government officials, NASA and USDA representatives, and prominent players in the environmental and water purification sectors.
City of Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck presided over the ribbon cutting, noting that Pancopia’s growth throughout its five years has been impressive. He congratulated the company on its new corporate space and the expansion to diverse areas including space exploration, water purification, and beneficial recovery of agricultural wastes. He stated the City of Hampton’s excitement in being the home of cutting-edge technology organizations like Pancopia, and congratulated the company on “the success Pancopia is having, and the success we know is going to come.”
CEO and founder Bill Cumbie explained to the 45-50 attendees starting the company five years earlier, with one office in the upstairs Reaktor Business Technology Innovation Center (RBTIC) in the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) building. From the start Pancopia has pursued development of innovative technology and discussed the key NASA SBIR Phase I contract to development a biological water recycling system that gave the company its start. Bill thanked the many organizations and partners that helped the company achieve its current success.
Pancopia recently moved from its previous office and lab spaces into a 4,000 sq. ft. corporate space elsewhere within NIA that combines office, laboratory, research, and fabrication space for development of up to three technology pipelines. The move to new facilities has more than tripled the company’s previous space and provided room for continued growth as an innovator and commercializer of environmental technology.
Pancopia is expanding its clientele, and has worked with NASA, the USDA, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), the cities of Portsmouth and Norfolk, the Virginia Port Authority, and several leading consulting engineering firms in the area. Pancopia’s commercialization portfolio includes development of technologies for NASA for use in space exploration, USDA for beneficial reuse of agricultural wastes, and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District for nutrient control in municipal wastewater. Cumbie noted, “The Ribbon-Cutting was the perfect way to look back and celebrate the success we’ve achieved in our five years, acknowledge all of the wonderful people and organizations who helped us get this far, and look to how much Pancopia will accomplish in the next five years”.