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Hughes, MC Break Ground on High-Tech Manufacturing Facility at PIC MC Technology Complex

Montgomery College Leaders, Montgomery County Government Officials, and Hughes Network Leaders.

Officials from Montgomery College and Hughes held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 3 for a new manufacturing facility, which will house production of Hughes satellite broadband and networking equipment.

Montgomery College held a groundbreaking event Oct. 3 for its newest tenant, Hughes Network Systems, at MC’s Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology, located at MC’s Germantown Campus.

Hughes plans to operate a manufacturing facility that will house production of Hughes satellite broadband and networking equipment. The building will be located at 19710 Observation Drive. As part of the arrangement, Hughes and Montgomery College will continue to collaborate on training and educational initiatives.

“We look forward to inviting students from PIC MC to learn and grow with us and continuing to engage with the community where so many of our employees live and work,” said Jim Muir III, vice president of corporate real estate at Hughes and 1975 graduate of Montgomery College .

In August, MC and its partners signed a ground lease with development partners Minkoff Development and South Duvall. In turn, they executed a full building lease with Hughes Network Systems LLC to construct a 140,000-square-foot build-to-suit project at the PIC MC.

“This new facility reflects our long-standing commitment to Montgomery County, as a local employer and business leader for more than 50 years. It will help Hughes advance our mission of connecting the unconnected around the world with innovative satellite and networking solutions,” said Muir.

The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College, or PIC MC, is a hub of education, business, and entrepreneurship, where industry partners co-locate and actively interact with faculty and students to achieve both educational and economic success. The Montgomery College Germantown Campus features the Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, an 80,000-square-foot medical office Building, a 145,000-square-foot bioscience educational building, and the Montgomery County-owned Germantown Innovation Center, a business incubator with 24 startup life sciences companies.

For more information read the press release or view the groundbreaking photo gallery.