Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel

NACOGDOCHES — A New Mexico-based solar energy products manufacturer is planning an expansion into Nacogdoches that includes up to 100 new jobs.

Solaro Energy has begun operations in the city and is looking to move to larger operations by the end of the year.

The company’s products include a solar-powered attic fan and basement ventilation systems developed by owner and founder Dennis Grubb.

Grubb in November of 2018 met Nacogdoches manufacturer Matt Turner of Turner Fabrication. Grubb said he was drawn to the work ethic and business-friendly atmosphere in Texas and has expressed interest in partnering with Stephen F. Austin State University to develop new technology, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp. said in a statement.

The company’s expansion into the region is multiphase, with plans to move to a seven-acre industrial site pending city approvals.

Expected to create up to 100 jobs, the expanded operation would be the first of its kind in the city.

Based in Socorro, New Mexico — about 190 miles north of El Paso — Solaro produces a range of solar-powered products for residential and commercial use, including ventilation, lighting and off-grid power systems, according to the company’s website. Solaro has approved dealers in six Texas locations.