With a production schedule already filled until 2024, the new Statesville manufacturing facility will initially employ up to 225 staff and build 150 SAFF® (Surface Active Foam Fractionation) units annually, and exclusively, for the United States market.
SAFF represents a sustainably engineered approach to PFAS remediation, where air bubbles are used to ‘foam out’ 99-plus percent of target PFAS contaminants, permanently stripping them from the ecosystem. The technology is recognized as a naturally elegant PFAS solution that produces no waste, other than a high density PFAS concentrate, ensuring zero environmental harm.
“It’s great to welcome EPOC Enviro to Iredell County in the nationally recognized top state for business with the best workers in the world,” says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. “Our fight against polluted water and climate change will be bolstered by this company’s innovative products and its commitment to sustainability.”
“Our move to Statesville feels well timed,” says EPOC Enviro President Pete Murphy. “With new EPA guidelines recently announced around PFAS and the SAFF systems now recognized and proven as a practical and efficient full-scale solution, there has never been a better ‘right time right place’ moment to expand our manufacturing into the United States.
The 263,500-square-foot Statesville manufacturing facility will complement SAFF manufacturing already taking place in Australia, with a significant knowledge transfer between the two nations now in action as recruitment and training ramps up at Statesville.
Earlier this year, EPOC Enviro announced a partnership with American companies Heritage Crystal Clean, Revive Environmental (part of the Battelle group of companies) and Allonnia. This holistic combination of technologies and expertise, known as 4never™, is providing a compelling closed loop PFAS solution for the landfill and industrial waste management markets, and significantly enhancing demand for SAFF® technology.
EPOC Enviro expects to compete Stage One of its growth plan by the end of 2023. This will see the engagement of some 90 positions, with the first US built SAFF units scheduled to start their important PFAS remediation work in July 2023.