by Joan Tupponce
NanoQuantics Inc. is committed to expanding its 14,000-square-foot footprint at the Appalachia America Energy Research Center in Wise County. The company was the first to establish operations in the center last year.
“We looked at a lot of different sites around the country,” says Tim Hopkins, senior vice president and chief technology officer. “The center had the facilities we needed. We’re now looking at an additional 11,000 square feet for our bottling operations.”
The company also is hoping to increase its head count. “We have eight employees,” Hopkins says. “Our goal is to be between 60 and 80 employees in the next five years.”
NanoQuantics develops earth-friendly products that help retain water and increase plant growth and yields. They also decrease health hazards, such as dust, and control erosion. The company’s proprietary technologies can be applied to agricultural, mining, energy and defense markets. “We are coming out with retail products for the home gardener and nurseries,” Hopkins says.
The retail offerings will be different variations of the company’s Soil Sentinel product, which helps the plant, soil and fertilizer work together to keep the necessary balance of moisture and nutrients.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently certified Soil Sentinel as a 97 percent bio-based product. “This means Soil Sentinel exceeds their testing standards for being earth friendly,” Hopkins says. “The product is a perfect fit for organic production. It has been cleared for use in the Federal Procurement Preference program, which means it can help government agencies achieve their green objectives.”
MountainRose Vineyards, located on former strip mine land in Wise, used Soil Sentinel for cover cropping applications between the rows of vines. “The row treated with Soil Sentinel was overwhelmingly better in its results,” Hopkins says.
The company’s Dust Sentinel product helps control erosion and decrease dust. Two major coal companies in Virginia have tested the product on roads and stockpiles as well as underground. The results look promising. “If implemented, it could save the companies money by cutting back on the use of water trucks and it can help meet regulatory obligations in a cost-effective and eco-safe manner,” Hopkins says.
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