Aquatech International plans to more than double the size of its Hartland facility that focuses on technology for the battery-grade lithium chemical market with the help of a $4.7 million loan from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

The company will add about 10,000 square feet to an existing 4,000 square-foot building on James Drive and literally raise the height of the existing roof, senior vice president Daniel Bjorklund told the Milwaukee Business Journal. Construction likely will start during the first half of October and be completed within about six months, he said.

The building serves as a product development and testing facility and has about 50 employees, Bjorklund said. He said the company will continue adding employees with the building expansion.

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