Real Bright Sunrae Water, a division of Sunrae Environmental Inc., announced that it expected to be up and running by early July.
The company, which plans to sell bottled water, said it would hire 20 people. It intends to buy the water from Walker County and bottle it, company officials said.
Larry Brooks, Walker County economic development director, announced in May that Sunrae would set up operations in the old Barwick-Archer building, a former carpet manufacturing plant in Kensington. Contacted this week, Brooks referred all questions to Sunrae.
Mike Schieck, owner of Real Bright Sunrae Water and its parent company Sunrae Environmental Inc., has not yet returned calls seeking comment.
A visit to the Barwick building on Wednesday around lunchtime found a group of about a dozen workers, apparently on lunch break, who may have been there renovating the interior of the building. The workers declined to comment, unwilling to say exactly what work they are performing.
There were no machines or bottling equipment immediately visible.
“We were told to direct all questions to him,” said a group foreman, referring to a supervisor, who could not be reached for comment.