ADDISON, Texas, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Therma-Flite announces expansion at its El Dorado, Arkansas facility. The expansion of the El Dorado facility is set to be completed in two phases and will more than double the square-footage of Therma-Flite's El Dorado location. The expansion is a result of an early building buyout of the Champagnolle Road facility leased by Therma-Flite and is expected to have a significant impact on the economic development of the city.
California-based Therma-Flite opened its El Dorado location in August 2012 and was set to create at least fifty jobs for the community, a move which offered great promise during a time when unemployment was at an all-time high. The 40,000-square-foot facility manufactures drying systems to turn Class B biosolids into Class A biosolids safe for the environment. The El Dorado location employs electricians, welders, fabricators, and engineers, and most recently partnered with South Arkansas Community College to equip future graduates of their welding program.
Therma-Flite's plant manager, Donald Lee, describes it as a "great opportunity to build jobs" and says the expansion of the facility and partnership with the college offer "good, steady jobs" for graduates. "We can take students right after they graduate," adds Lee. A move that will keep young people closer to home. Therma-Flite's El Dorado location is projected to add over three million dollars into the local community and their presence in the Southern Arkansas town has been overwhelmingly positive. 73% of Therma-Flite's employees are Union County and El Dorado residents which, according to Lee, brings payroll into the very community the employees spend their monies. Therma-Flite also purchases goods and services from local vendors which further strengthens El Dorado's economic development.
Construction of the first phase is expected to begin in late April. The success of this venture can be accredited to the cooperative efforts of the City of El Dorado, the El Dorado Economic Development Board, the Union County Industrial Board, the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. In two years, Therma-Flite will achieve their goal of creating fifty jobs because of the joint support of all those involved.
Therma-Flite's expansion in El Dorado is a result of massive company growth which made it necessary for the company to expand its plant significantly sooner than planned. Company representatives reveal the expansion will include increased manufacturing and office space dedicated to research, development, and other operations. Thermal Processing Systems manufactured by Therma-Flite can be used for a wide range of applications. The company has an established history of creating strategic solutions for small and medium waste management facilities to dispose of their waste in a manner that is cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Therma-Flite is a solutions-oriented, sustainable technology company focused on waste water treatment and resource recovery. Therma-Flite's patented technology converts municipal sewage sludge into a soil amendment and/or renewable energy feedstock, recovers oil from mixed plastics, and reclaims high quality diesel fuel from spent drilling mud. With over 20 installations, their processing systems provide a proven, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible alternative to landfills. For more information visit: www.therma-flite.com
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