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SkyWater CEO Thomas Sonderman, left, stands with Jeb Nadaner, deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, outside his company’s plant in Bloomington. (Submitted photo) Another 20% of the workforce is former military “because what we do requires high degrees of precision and attention to detail” in working on pieces of equipment that can cost $1 million and up. SkyWater doesn’t make its own products but offers services for companies that do, said Sonderman. “Part of the way we run our facility is just not manufacturing a product for a customer on a given basis but also working with that customer to innovate and co-create next-generation technologies that will go into the products of the future,” Sonderman said. “That’s essentially what we’re doing with the U.S. government as it relates to the rad-hard technology. We’re creating an environment where we won’t only manufacture the product but we’ll also be involved with helping to create the process design capabilities that will lead to those products. And we get home page paid for both. We like to think of it as offering technology or innovation as a service.” SkyWater’s original fabrication facility was launched by Control Data Corp. in the 1980s and acquired and expanded after Cypress Semiconductors acquisition in 1991. [Insurance] [Water Consumption]