The nation's economy has been down, but things might be looking up for some residents of Elmore County, especially those that live or work in the city of Tallassee.
Last Wednesday, Neptune Technology Group Inc. broke ground on a new state-of-the-art $3.7 million research and development center located adjacent to the current engineering facility on Alabama Highway 229 South.
"Elmore County was already known as a center of manufacturing and now to see a company of the caliber of Neptune Technologies invest in a research and development center demonstrates the strength of our knowledge-based economy," said Eric Basinger, executive director of the Elmore County Economic Development Authority. "The development of a research and development center shows a strong commitment to excellence and we are proud to have Neptune Technologies Group Inc. located in Elmore County."
The 19,000 square foot structure will house up to 90 engineering personnel who specialize in wireless, electrical, mechanical and software engineering. Neptune is the second largest employer in the city with close to 600 employees for the water meter manufacturer.
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