RALEIGH (WFMY) - Dowa Thermotech Co. Ltd., a global provider of industrial furnaces and heat protection treatments, is opening a Lee County facility and creating 109 jobs.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the facility was opening Tuesday along with Dowa investing $22.5 million in Sanford. The company also has plans to serve clients in the automotive and industrial machinery supply chains.

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“Dowa Thermotech is the latest example of an international company choosing North Carolina as the perfect location to do business,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolina competes with the top locations anywhere in the world, thanks to our strong business environment, world-class workforce, and high quality of life.”

Dowa is headquartered in Japan and operates in sectors such as nonferrous metals, metal processing, environmental management and recycling. The company provides heat protection for metal engine parts, transmissions and other rotating elements that operate in harsh environments.

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“I hear that North Carolina has been chosen as the easiest state to live at all times and it is truly our honor to build our new factory in this a wonderful state,” said Ryuji Tsuji, President for Dowa Thermotech. “We dream of building a great factory in this area with your support.”

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