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Ecolite joins with new Valley company to make high-end infrared heating panels

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A U.S. subsidiary of a Dutch tech firm has opened a Spokane Valley office and is working with local firm, Ecolite Manufacturing, to produce innovative heating products.

The subsidiary is Prestyl USA LLC. Its Dutch parent firm, Global Future Energy Holdings, has patents for infrared heating strips and panels increasingly being used in many applications.

For one, airplane manufacturer Bombardier uses Prestyl-made thin-film heating panels to melt ice off aircraft wings.

Prestyl has hired three workers for its Spokane Valley location, at 9711 E. Knox, and has signed a production agreement with Spokane Valley’s Ecolite Manufacturing, Inc., said company CEO Ed Caferro.

Ecolite will manufacture wall and ceiling infrared heating panels, then take them to the Prestyl plant. Its workers will arrange for shipments to customers in Europe and North America, said Caferro.

Caferro said Ecolite and Prestyl have other product deals in the works. Small wind and IR heating are the first focus, followed by LED lighting and solar applications.

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