In an announcement made during Monday’s Charlotte Chamber meeting, Lime Energy Co is moving its headquarters from Chicago to Huntersville this fall.
The clean energy firm, which helps industrial building owners, utilities and other customers reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint, is expected to create as many as 75 jobs over the next two years.
Lime Energy chief executive John O’Rourke said the Charlotte region’s infrastructure, low cost of doing business and emphasis on its growing energy sector played a major role in the decision to relocate.
“This is where we need to be,” he told the crowd of business leaders, lawmakers and economic developers. “This is the infrastructure and this is the environment where a company like ours can thrive.”
Lime Energy, which employs about 100 people in North Carolina and 400 across the country, plans to consolidate its technology, accounting and engineering functions, plus corporate management, with the move, which will likely be completed by October.
The company has added 15 jobs already this year and has hired 35 workers in North Carolina in the last year, O’Rourke said. Lime Energy plans to add 50 to 75 more jobs over the next year or two and is expanding its facility on Sam Furr Road in Huntersville to accommodate the growing workforce.
O’Rourke said his company is looking for workers such as engineers, IT professionals and project managers. More information about the jobs is available at www.lime-energy.com.