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German company plans to build plant in Mills River, bring 46 new jobs

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Norafin logo (Courtesy: Norafin) Norafin logo (Courtesy: Norafin)
MILLS RIVER, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A German manufacturer of fire resistant materials has selected Henderson County to the site of its first North American plant, county officials said Thursday.

Norafin Industries will build a 75,000 square-foot building in Mills River, invest $18 million and create 46 new jobs.

Norafin was founded in 1980 in East Germany. According to a news release, the company is a leading manufacturer of specialty spunlace nonwovens used to make heat and flame resistance barriers used in protective gear for firefighters.

“When you see the guys going out and attacking the fire, those suits often contain 2-3 layers of Norafin product,” stated André Lang, President of Norafin.

The Mills River plant will be built on a 14-acre parcel on School House Road, just north of the intersection with Banner Farm Road.

“We learned that this site reminds them of their home in the Saxony region of Germany - the mountains, the valley and the community,” noted Henderson County Commission Chairman Tommy Thompson.

The company plans to start site work in early 2017 and hiring is expected to begin later that year. Production is not expected to begin until mid-2018.

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