touchscreenTouchscreen devices, optical electronics and aerospace are among the uses of manufactured sapphire crystals.  The synthetic material is extremely strong, scratch-resistant and laboratory-made. B Crystal, a sapphire manufacturer from Latvia, is opening its U.S. headquarters and production facility in Washougal, Washington to tap into the highly skilled workforce and low cost energy. The company plans to expand into the growing market demand for sapphire materials in aerospace and electronics as well as other industry clusters. Read more in the Camas-Washougal Post-Record.

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