Maker of earthquake protection

Dynamic Isolation Systems, a manufacturer of structural earthquake systems, has moved from Sparks to a 60,000-square-foot facility at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

With the move to 885 Denmark Drive, the company plans to expand its current staff of 35 by 10 to 12 workers, says owner Tom Foley.

Launched in 1982, Dynamic Isolation Systems analyzes earthquake risks and supplies seismic-isolation and energy-dissipation technologies in buildings, bridges and large industrial equipment.

"About 90 percent of our business is overseas," says Foley. "About one-third of that is with Japan, but we also do a lot of business in Turkey, Taiwan and India. We are currently working on a big project in Mexico."

The San Francisco City Hall, the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge and the Stanford Linear Accelerator are among the structures in the United States protected by DIS technology

The company's products, essentially rubber ball bearings that can weigh as much as 20,000 pounds, are designed to absorb the shock generated by earthquakes.

The company's new plant occupies just over half of a 100,000 square foot building. Foley is looking for a

company to lease the remaining 40,000 square feet.

Dynamic Isolation Systems previously was located at 2080 Brierley Way.


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