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Sunday, June 18, 2000
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Reese Center provides research, development

Since the Reese Air Force Base closure in September 1997, the newly developed Reese Technology Center has been actively trying to attract businesses in an effort to bring Lubbock the most up-to-date research and technological facilities.

This year Reese has created a partnership with two different organizations.

Texas T-Bone Express, based in Amarillo, began production in February and will conduct research and development on beef products that are intended to revamp the way beef is produced and packaged for consumers.

Texas T-Bone Express Company President Tim Jackson said some of the innovations include methods to control tenderness and flavor, and the use of a digital process to determine beef quality and marbling.

The Reese Redevelopment Authority, Market Lubbock Inc., and Texas Tech are partners in bringing Texas T-Bone to Lubbock.

ASLAN Orthoic and Prosthetic Centers, a company that signed to develop 12,000 square feet in early June at Reese Tech Center, plans to conduct research and development in conjunction with Texas Tech Health Sciences Center's orthopedic department.

Chief Executive Officer Ray Cruce said current R&D efforts rely on Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Mechanical software that has enabled the company to design artificial limbs on a new level.

ASLAN plans to make use of Texas Tech's Cray Supercomputer at the former Air Force base, which will allow the business to design new products through 3-dimension imaging.

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