BISMARCK, N.D., Feb 10, 2012 -- SolarBee, Inc. based in Dickinson, N.D. accepted an invitation from The White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture to attend an event recognizing manufacturing success in rural America. Joel Bleth, co-founder and president of SolarBee, will participate in the event at the White House on Friday, February 17th.
SolarBee, Inc. (SBI) was selected with other manufacturers from around the country for successfully establishing and growing a business in a rural region. Founded in 1978, SBI is a world leader in manufacturing machines to improve water quality through solar energy. Their product has been installed in most of the 50 states and several countries around the world.
"SolarBee, Inc. could not have happened without a loan guarantee from USDA Rural Development,” said Bleth. “Their work is an example of federal government at its best. SolarBee has developed a new green technology, is solving some of the world's toughest water problems, is an exporter, employs 70 people and with a very bright future should employ more than 1000."
Through USDA Rural Development’s Business and Industry Loan program, SolarBee received a loan guarantee allowing the company to secure jobs and focus on growing its operation. As sales increased dramatically, the company helped stimulate the local economy and moved to a larger, more efficient facility.
SolarBee, Inc. improves water quality in reservoirs in a green and sustainable manner. The SolarBee machine uses solar power instead of grid power which reduces or entirely eliminates the need to ever add chemicals to a water reservoir. The SolarBee, Inc. and SolarBee Transport Corp. home office is located in Dickinson, N.D. and together have over 70 employees including scientists, engineers, and factory-trained service technicians. The business operates from a modern 40,000 square foot manufacturing plant located on 40 acres. SBI also has seven U.S. regional offices from coast to coast and an international sales office in Fargo, N.D.