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Electroimpact’s founder confounds critics, defenders


Last updated 12/19/2018 at Noon

An employee at Electroimpact works on the fiber placing head of a robotic arm, part of the Automated Fiber Placement technology developed by the company for composite manufacturing.

If Peter Zieve should ever give you a personal tour of Electroimpact’s campus in Mukilteo, skip your workout that day.

Zieve walks at a quick pace, skips the elevator when moving from floor to floor, and is intent on showing you every floor of every last building, of which there are many.

He also seems to know every employee by name and, often, about their families as well.

It’s a long way from the company’s beginning in 1984. Zieve launched Electroimpact in a garage adjacent to the University of Washington – where he earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering – and began man...

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