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Ovivo Establishes Hutto, Texas, Silicon Carbide Plant

Global water and wastewater treatment company Ovivo Inc. will start construction on a state-of-the-art facility in Hutto, Texas. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs.

The company will build and operate a 110,000 square-foot manufacturing plant at Innovation Business Park which will produce Silicon Carbide membranes. Construction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

"We have to stop applying the same old solution and expect a different result. It is our responsibility to treat, recover, and reuse water wisely. SiC BLOX allows us to treat water the way it deserves to be treated," said Hiren Trivedi, Senior Vice President, Municipal at Ovivo.

Ovivo is a global provider of equipment, technology and systems producing among the purest water and treating some of the most challenging wastewater in the industry. The company is a powerful global brand with renowned trademarks, possessing more than 150 years of expertise and references in water treatment, supported by its proprietary products, advanced technologies and extensive system integration knowhow.

"We believe the partnership of Titan Development and Hutto has created a very attractive site for Ovivo and other growing companies needing to expand their operations," added Joe Iannacone, Austin-based Senior Vice President at Titan Development. "Titan's Business Park's great infrastructure and access to major roads, along with Hutto's experienced workforce in the Austin MSA, combine to create a compelling opportunity for fast-growing manufacturers leading the Texas industrial tech corridor boom."

Silicon Carbide membranes are at the core of Ovivo's innovative SiCBLOX Modules and Systems. With more and more impaired waters requiring higher levels of treatment, the limits of conventional treatment technology are being stressed. Membrane based treatment is the future to clean water, but reliability is a key concern going forward as conventional membranes have limited operating capabilities. However, SiC is one of the few membrane materials that is naturally and permanently hydrophilic, meaning organic foulants, including oil, are repelled by the membrane while water is naturally drawn in. SiC is also chemical inert and extremely hard, meaning most anything can be used to clean it, company officials explained.

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