An architectural, engineering and construction firm based in Tennessee officially moved a branch office to Prince William to be closer to Marine Corps Systems Command at Quantico.

The new branch of Sverdrup Technology Inc. is in 18,000 square feet of space at the Elwye Building in Dumfries. Its arrival may create up to 130 jobs and bring an investment of $1.6 million to the county, the Prince William Department of Economic Development announced yesterday.

Sverdrup, based in Tullahoma, Tenn., provides engineering and program support to the Combat and Support and Logistics Equipment directorate of the Marine Corps System Command at Quantico. The company's services include program management, systems engineering, operations analysis and logistics management.

"Prince William County provides us with strategic location benefits: close proximity to our customers, a positive business environment, and a good source of talented, motivated personnel," Paul Bess, program manager for Sverdrup, said in a statement released yesterday.

Sverdrup is a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., based in Pasadena, Calif.

In another announcement yesterday, Prince William's Department of Economic Development announced that Utron Inc., a materials science and plasma physics research and development company, has created a spinoff company, Kinetic Materials Inc., which will be incubated at the same site.

The company, at 8506 Wellington Rd., will invest $1.5 million in the joint venture and will create up to 10 new jobs.

There are currently four employees working at the spinoff, said Dennis Massey, president of Utron.

Kinetic Materials Inc. will develop coatings to decrease corrosion and wear on equipment used in several industries, including automotive, aircraft and paper manufacturing.