Our Story

AVN’s deep technical heritage and uncommon lab and pilot plant facilities provide the talent and resources that chemical and energy companies need to develop, improve and scale chemical processes while minimizing cost and risk.

History of Heritage
Future of Growth

From humble beginnings as a non-profit in 2003, to a new company and brand in 2023, AVN’s story of innovation and expertise is only just beginning. A special thank you to the employees, volunteers, counsel and other contributors to the growth and success of AVN Corporation. 


AVN Acquires Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center

On January 1, 2023 AVN completed the acquisition of MATRIC.


Future Focused

On December 7, 2022, AVN communicated its intention to acquire Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC).


Center of Expertise for Chemical Process Design

In March 2022, MATRIC was a sub-awardee of the RACER grant from the Department of Commerce, enabling the establishment of a national Center of Excellence for chemical process design.


New Executive Leadership

On February 1, 2013, Steven B. Hedrick became President and Chief Executive Officer of MATRIC.


Delivering Excellence

From 2008 to 2011, MATRIC staff were listed as inventors on 89 patent applications: 65 for customers and 24 for MATRIC developed technologies.


Pilot Plant Operations Begin

Began pilot plant operations at the WV Regional Technology Park


On the Move

Moved laboratory operations to Building 740 at the WV Regional Technology Park


Laboratory Operations Begin

Began laboratory operations in the Dow Technical Center, which later became the WV Regional Technology Park. The first laboratories were in Building 701


Preserving Local Talent and Heritage

MATRIC was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit by Dr. George E. Keller and other local leaders to avoid the inevitable brain drain after the Dow Chemical Company’s decision to move its R&D activities out of WV.

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Locations and Business Units

Corporate Headquarters,
Chemical Process Technologies,
Technical Engineering,
Specialty & Custom Chemicals Manufacturing

Physical Address

1740 Union Carbide Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303

Mailing Address

P. O. Box 8396
South Charleston, WV 25303

Locations and Business Units

Advanced Software Technologies

Physical Address

430 Drummond Street, Suite 2
Morgantown, WV 26505

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