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Port San Antonio Created Over 1,200 Jobs in 2020
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Port San Antonio Created Over 1,200 Jobs in 2020

Despite the past 16 months of pandemic-induced restrictions, Port San Antonio has stayed the course powered by its mission to create an innovation hub and more tech jobs at its San Antonio campus. Startups and established global enterprises on the Port’s 1,900-acre technology campus have added more than 4,600 new jobs since 2018 — including over 1,200 jobs in 2020 alone, Port San Antonio chief executive officer (CEO) and president Jim Perschbach said at the annual State of the Port update Tuesday morning. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia kicked off the community’s first major technology innovation showcase since early 2020. The function included a brief update on the Port’s recent milestones, led by Port Board chair Chris Alderete and P...
Port San Antonio Robotics Company XYREC Wins Innovation Award
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Port San Antonio Robotics Company XYREC Wins Innovation Award

XYREC has won a prestigious award for its ground-breaking laser coating removal robot, a 72-foot-tall robotics system that uses a 20-kilowatt laser to remove paint from aircraft and other large pieces of equipment. The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) announced the 13 winners of its 2021 Innovation Award earlier in May. ACT-IAC is a non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology, providing a forum for government and industry to collaborate on critical technology issues in the public sector. A panel of judges selected the 13 award winners from 169 nominations. The 13 companies include global industry leaders such as MITRE and Oracle and highlight technological advances in...
Plus One Robotics Raises $33M for Expansion into Global Markets
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Plus One Robotics Raises $33M for Expansion into Global Markets

Plus One Robotics, a San Antonio-based leading provider of vision software for logistics robots, closed a $33 million Series B funding round Tuesday. The funding will support Plus One’s ongoing expansion in the U.S. and Europe and product development driven by the global boom in e-commerce. McRock Capital, an industrial Internet of Things (IoT) fund and early-stage Silicon Valley venture capital firm TransLink Ventures, co-led the round. Existing investors joined automotive industry-focused BMW i Ventures and Kensington Capital Partners, along with innovation investors Perot Jain and Ironspring Ventures, to participate in the Series B round. Whitney Rockley of McRock Capital and Toshi Otani of TransLink will join Plus One's Board of Directors. The fundraising started just before t...
Port San Antonio Innovation Center on Track to Open by Early 2022
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Port San Antonio Innovation Center on Track to Open by Early 2022

On an overcast Monday morning, Sundt Construction crew members installed large 40-foot concrete walls into place for the Port San Antonio innovation center. Port San Antonio CEO Jim Perschbach confirmed the new facility would open by February or March of 2022.   Port San Antonio board members committed $60 million in August 2020 to build a state-of-the-art facility that will connect people with employment, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities. The 130,000 square-foot innovation center will be a multi-purpose building with a 2,500-seat state-of-the-art technology arena capable of flexible configurations for hosting esports (competitive multiplayer video gaming) competitions, concerts, product launches, large training programs, and conferences. The expanded home for the San Anton...
IPSecure Scales as it Strategically Supports U.S. Cyber Defenses: Port San Antonio’s Tech Innovation Series
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IPSecure Scales as it Strategically Supports U.S. Cyber Defenses: Port San Antonio’s Tech Innovation Series

Port San Antonio’s tech innovation series features local technology innovators and explores San Antonio’s growth as a major tech and cybersecurity hub. Learn more here. Local cybersecurity companies such as IPSecure are growing rapidly to meet the global demand for cyber innovation, cementing San Antonio's place among the world's top 10 hubs for cybersecurity talent.  IPSecure is the latest cybersecurity company to be featured in Port San Antonio's latest Building Futures on the Leading Edge of Innovation program. IPSecure provides comprehensive network cybersecurity for government and commercial clients and cybersecurity software development, training and simulation, and risk management services. The company was founded in 2000 by former Air Force civil employee Jesse Rodriguez and ...
CNF Technologies Grow R&D Capabilities For National Cybersecurity Operations: Port San Antonio Tech Innovation Series
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CNF Technologies Grow R&D Capabilities For National Cybersecurity Operations: Port San Antonio Tech Innovation Series

CNF Technologies and its unique cybersecurity expertise has garnered national attention for this San Antonio-based company. Over the past three years, CNF Technologies has been one of the fastest movers on the Inc. 5000 list. The CNF team provides research and development, technology integration, and comprehensive cybersecurity expertise to protect national infrastructure and defense assets. They are a prime contractor for Air Force and General Services Administration security projects, which have spurred significant growth in recent years. This year, CNF also expanded its operations to Baltimore and Colorado Springs in addition to its headquarters in San Antonio. CNF Technologies’ work is featured in the latest program presented by Port San Antonio. The panel features CNF Technol...
XYREC Launches Plane Paint-Stripping Robot Operations at Port San Antonio
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XYREC Launches Plane Paint-Stripping Robot Operations at Port San Antonio

At a custom-built 7,000-square-foot facility on Port San Antonio's campus, a Netherlands-based company has been assessing its airplane paint-stripping robot. After extensive testing and validation from the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), XYREC, a global innovator in applied robotic technology solutions, is ready to launch its first robotic plane paint-stripping operation in North American. XYREC has produced the world's largest industrial robot, measuring at over 72 feet when fully extended. It comes equipped with a high-powered laser that rapidly strips paint from any size aircraft without damaging the airframe. The automated de-coating of the plane is precise down to the micron level and can stop before removing a specified layer of paint or coating. The robotic system is mounted o...
Port San Antonio Board Approves Funding for $60M Innovation Center
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Port San Antonio Board Approves Funding for $60M Innovation Center

Port San Antonio board members approved committing $60 million to build an innovation center after a meeting on Thursday, according to Port officials. The construction of a state-of-the-art innovation center will help advance the organization's Tech Port strategy to connect people with employment, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Port will fund the project construction costs via a commercial loan, to be repaid from anticipated multiple revenue streams from the center's entertainment events, conferences, and industry partnerships. In keeping with the Port's economic development mandate, the board also decided to allocate 100% of the innovation center's excess revenue (after expenses) to support technology-focused K-12, college-level, and professional development progr...
Plus One Robotics and the Future of Work: Port San Antonio’s Tech Innovation Series
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Plus One Robotics and the Future of Work: Port San Antonio’s Tech Innovation Series

"How would the world change if you could see a thousand miles away and your arm was that long?" Plus One Robotics CEO and co-founder Erik Nieves wasn't asking about imaginary superpowers. Delivering these capabilities to logistics clients is the core business of his Port San Antonio-based company. Plus One's technology is creating new types of jobs that make work in industrial environments, including e-commerce sorting facilities and manufacturing plans, safer and more efficient. These new career paths call upon the quick reflexes, problem-solving, and even video gaming skills from a new generation of employees. Available for job seekers are these new careers as automation network supervisors, who leverage the visual and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities robots have to help t...
SAMSAT CEO Growing Early-Stage Science and Tech Museum into World-Class STEM Institution
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SAMSAT CEO Growing Early-Stage Science and Tech Museum into World-Class STEM Institution

There hasn't been a quiet day since Douglas King started in mid-March as the new president and CEO of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT). At about the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions went into place, King was learning about the world-class collection of historical science and technology artifacts housed at Port San Antonio in the former Kelly Air Force Base chapel. The early-stage technology and science museum has been the centerpiece of the Port's planned innovation hub since SAMSAT founder, innovator, and entrepreneur David Monroe moved his collection to the Port in 2017. Conceived as a hub for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovators and entrepreneurs to work alongside industry partners, the Port's innovation center, once com...