“We were looking at places all over the world.” — Elo Nielsen Sunstone CEO
by Jonathan McNamara
YOUNGSVILLE — Franklin County has added a state-of-the-art business to its corporate community.
Franklin County and Wake Forest chambers of commerce with local community leaders were on hand to help welcome the new business to its new location at 130 Mosswood Blvd. at the old Flextronics building, July 26.
Elo Nielsen, CEO for Sunstone, did the honors of cutting the ribbon to open the new production headquarters . “We were looking at places all over the world,” Nielsen said. “Then we heard of North Carolina.”
Switzerland-based Sunstone Water Group will begin their operations with the goal of serving anyone with clean water needs.
Commercial, industrial, agricultural, energy and government water customers will reap the benefits of Sunstone’s clean-water technology by giving their customers a versatile, customized, modular system producing high quality water purification, without the use of chemicals, in the shortest delivery time possible, according to staff at Sunstone.
Seven years of engineering and patents have enabled Sunstone to sit at the cutting edge of clean-water technologies, desingned and developed in Youngsville.
Most of the products purchased to develop these systems will be U.S. based and all will be built using U.S. standards. Sunstone will be in a start-up phase with a production goal of producing 20-25 systems a day.
With the ability to ship and control all systems from the Youngsville headquarters, Sunstone can utilize safety, anti-terrorism and maintenance logistics all in one place.
Sunstone hopes to employ 500 plus people at the Youngsville, site in the near future.
Water is third behind oil and electricity, as a $400-billion-a year industry growing at two to three times the rate of the economy. $100 billion is spent on bottled water a year and agriculture uses 80 percent of water in the world according to research from Sunstone.
“If you have the know-how, you should use it for the greater good,” Nielsen said, as he addressed the audience at the grand opening.
To learn more about Sustone’s products, see sunstonewater.com.