ENKA — Haakon Industries, a Canada-based custom HVAC manufacturer, said Friday it plans to invest $19.6 million to build a new manufacturing plant at the longtime American Enka property.
The company said its investment comes with 160 new jobs in the first five years of operation ranging from assembly and production staffers to engineers to management and administration positions. It expects to break ground next year at Enka Commerce Park on a parcel of land once part of American Enka’s 2,000-acre rayon manufacturing campus.
Ryan Leahy, Haakon plant manager, said in a joint news release Friday the company is “excited to join the Asheville community with access to the highly skilled workforce of the region.”
“Haakon customers expect the highest quality air handling units, and our success is dependent on the quality of our people,” Leahy said, adding that it made Asheville “the obvious choice” for an expansion to serve customers in the United States.
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