FRIB Laboratory contracts with thousands of U.S. suppliers total more than $380 million

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Laboratory, which includes the FRIB Project and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University, is making an economic impact across the United States.

From October 2011 to September 2016, the FRIB Laboratory contracted with more than 2,000 U.S. suppliers, totaling more than $380 million in contracts. The laboratory contracted with about 80 suppliers in other countries in the same timeframe, with contracts summing more than $32 million. In addition, the FRIB Laboratory employs 530 staff and faculty and 230 students.

The FRIB Project is under construction now at MSU. It is nearly 80 percent complete and currently tracking for early completion in 2021, ahead of the June 2022 scheduled CD-4 completion date. The $730 million project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Michigan State University, and the State of Michigan.

A particular point of pride for the FRIB Project is its domestic procurement of superconducting cavities. Three of the four types of cavities FRIB will use in its beam-accelerating cryomodules are American-made. The FRIB Project is the first high-power U.S. particle accelerator to procure the majority of its superconducting cavities in the United States.