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German company opens factory in St. Augustine

7:33 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Today a brand new factory will hold its official grand opening in St. Augustine.  

2G Cenergy is a German company that built its first manufacturing facility outside of Germany in St. Johns County.  

The company makes portable energy modules that turn biogas waste products from cow manure, wastewater treatment plants, landfills and other sources into electricity and thermal energy.

"Clean energy is the future," explained Michael Turwitt, CEO.  "Typically when you produce energy at a large, central power plant, your overall efficiency is in the 30-35% range.  Our systems will do 80-90% efficiency, so there's a huge gain for everybody involved."

2G currently has 30 employees hard at work inside its facility near SR 16 and I-95 and the company has plans to hire a total of 125 people over the next four years.  

"We need high-skilled labor-industrial mechanics, we do need welders with specific skills, painters," explained Turwitt.

They have also hired specialized office employees, like Steven Beam who is fluent in German after working for the Red Cross in that country for the last 14 years.

"It fit my skill set 100 percent," said Bean.  "I was actually a little bit surprised to find it here.  I'm really happy I did."

According to Turwitt, the plant is producing about 50 modules per year at its plant, though they plan to increase the production over the coming years.  He estimated the economic impact of the facility is $100 million per year.  

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