By B.C. Manion
Pasco County has approved a $254,000 grant for Dais Analytic Corp. to help the company develop “NanoAir,” a new generation of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly heating, cooling and refrigeration products.
The grant will enable the Odessa company to add employees. It also will allow the company to contract engineering services to reduce the time it takes to allow commercial sales of a process it has developed that can be used to clean water. That process is made possible by the company’s nanotechnology plastics.
John Hagen, president and CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council, said DAIS has some intellectual property that has tremendous potential.
The county commission’s action validates the company’s efforts and recognizes its continued economic development efforts and potential.
The county also recognized the company’s achievement in receiving the coveted, highly competitive Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) grant Dais received earlier this year from the Department of Energy, according to a PEDC news release.
The Pasco Economic Development Council has been working with Dais Analytic Corporation since April 2009 to identify the company’s business needs and to help the company grow.
The PEDC has provided help with training, job placement, consulting services, local government support, and financial and investor opportunities. PEDC expects to continue to work with Dais to enhance technology and supplier partnerships.