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A manufacturer of renewable energy equipment will establish its first factory in western North Carolina, local economic development officials announced.
Low Impact Technologies (LIT) will invest more than $5.1 million to upgrade and equip an existing facility in the Asheville suburb of Fletcher, North Carolina. The company expects to create 60 new jobs in the town by 2025.
Officials said LIT designs and manufacturers concentrated solar multi-effect distillation and dewatering equipment, which reprocesses, recycles, and distills water in agricultural and industrial operations, as well as in developing nations and remote areas without access to clean drinking water.
The company is the first exclusively licensed to manufacture and commercialize the technology. D&D Manufacturing, LIT’s sister R&D company, developed the system and tested it with several universities in Florida. LIT plans to sell the system both in the U.S. and abroad.
The company expects to begin operations at its new location in early 2021. The North Carolina site was selected over competing locations in South Carolina and Texas, officials said.
“This technology is impressive, and we are proud that production here in Henderson County will have a global impact,” Henderson County Commission Chairman Bill Lapsley said in the announcement.
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