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Linear Labs, Fort Worth sign partnership to stimulate tech growth, employment

Posted June 16, 2020

the Hunstables
Linear Labs was started by father-and-son team Brad and Fred Hunstable.

The City of Fort Worth and smart electric motor company Linear signed a $68.9 million economic incentive package on Tuesday.

Linear Labs plans to secure a 500,000-square-foot facility for advanced, smart manufacturing to support thousands of new, skilled jobs over the next 10 years. The research and production center will create electric motors for industries as diverse as electric vehicles, robotics, HVAC and last-mile micromobility, in addition to various industrial applications.

“Fort Worth is our home and we can see the strategic moves the city is making to shape its infrastructure into the next major technology hub,” said Brad Hunstable, co-founder and CEO of Linear Labs.

“The area offers a highly skilled talent pool with world-renowned universities and innovative companies including Lockheed Martin, Bell Flight and American Airlines. These resources, now combined with the city’s endorsement, shows us we have chosen the right place to build the foundation for our future.”

Linear Labs’ technology includes a new form of electric motors that produce twice the torque of competitive motors or equal torque in half the size. This technology provides increased power while potentially reducing costs in applications.

The new Linear Labs facility will serve as a research and development center as well as a manufacturing location to produce electric motors through advanced processes, including automation that will continuously evolve as manufacturing technology evolves. Dark Factory methodology will be implemented to allow for robotic automation with human oversight, increasing efficiency of production and personnel safety, while also creating additional jobs for skilled workers.

“Fort Worth continues to establish itself as a hub for technology and innovation companies, and we are thrilled to add Linear Labs’ new research and production facility to that list,” said Mayor Betsy Price.

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