- World’s leading supplier of stable isotopes
- Produces Carbon-13 and Oxygen-18 for biomedical industry from Xenia separation facility
- One of the only private sources of isotope separation in the country
- Xenia facility expanded in 2012 to increase capacity
Driving down US-35 and seeing the large blue towers from CIL Isotope Separations Inc. at work, it’s hard to deny exciting things are happening in Xenia, Ohio.
CIL doesn’t advertise its home in Xenia with large signs or flashing lights. In fact, you probably wouldn’t be able to guess at what the company, located in Xenia since 1988, was up to if you didn’t already know, but the company has made a successful name for itself within its industry, as the world’s leading supplier and one of the only private sources of isotope separation in the country.
“There’s not a lot of companies that do exactly what we do,” said Mike Steiger, plant manager for CIL.
Supporting biomedical research
CIL works to supply the medical field with Carbon-13, used for breath tests and ulcer detection and Oxygen-18, used in cancer screenings.
“We have customers all over the world, including Asia, Europe and North America.” Steiger said. “A lot of our products go to our headquarters in Massachusetts, where they are further refined or shipped out, and then some products are shipped from here to all over the world.”
Initially attracted to the area because of its proximity to the Mound Laboratories, a former Department of Energy facility in Miamisburg, Steiger said the location in Xenia has also served the company well for getting their products where they need to go quickly and efficiently.
“It’s been a good location,” he said. “We have easy access for trucking and deliveries. We are out on 35 with easy access to transportation, but not in a high-traffic area.”
Another key benefit to the location has been access to reliable utilities, which the company depends on to be able to complete its work.
Steiger said the location in Xenia has also been a boon for employees.
“It’s easier for employees to get out here,” he said. “Eighty to ninety percent of our employees are all within a half hour drive.”
“It’s been good recruiting a workforce here,” Steiger said. “There’s a good base of contractors and technology-driven companies around here, so we’ve been able to get good employees. We also have solid universities here, like University of Dayton, and we’ve been able to recruit from there as well.”
The formula has worked well for the company, so well in fact, it has been expanding at its Xenia location consistently since 2009.
Growth in Xenia
“We’ve been going from one expansion project to another in that time,” Steiger said. “We’ve been growing consistently for the last 7 years and we’ve had significant growth. I think the future is good. We’ve significantly increased sales and shipments. Everything looks good going forward."
Steiger said he is confident the location in Xenia will continue to support the company’s growth.
Access to a strong, technology-minded workforce as well as support and cooperation from local economic development partners has helped give the company confidence moving forward."
Steve Brodsky, development director for the City of Xenia, said it’s been easy to support growth for companies like CIL, when their success helps to drive even more success throughout the region.
“We can tell the story about the diversity of businesses we have here in Xenia Industrial Park like CIL. People expect machine shops and that kind of stuff, but when you mention we have someone here who makes stable isotopes—as soon as they realize what that is—they’re impressed.”
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