Avadim Technologies Announces 550 New Jobs in Buncombe County’s Single Largest Job Expansion

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Avadim Technologies, Inc. has announced an expansion that will create 551 new jobs and $25,400,000 in capital investment over the next five years.

Additionally, the company will be building a new corporate headquarters in Black Mountain Commerce Park.

Addressing gaps in global health such as infection, neuromuscular disorders, and wound care, Avadim is a Buncombe County-based life sciences company that launched in 2007. It placed #234 on the Inc. 500 elite list of America’s fastest growing companies in 2016 with a 1,675 percent increase in revenue over three years.

These 551 new jobs represent the single largest job creation announcement in Buncombe County’s known history. Currently employing about 100 people, Avadim will become one of the metro area’s largest employers when its expansion is completed in 2020.

Avadim’s new corporate headquarters will include office space, research and development, manufacturing, and distribution. The expansion will enable increased production and sales of the company’s innovative topical therapy products, including Theraworx and [pH]UEL 5.0.

Theraworx is clinically proven to help control hospital-acquired infections while restoring the skin’s natural defenses. Avadim has garnered international attention for its patented Theraworx product, which is utilized in medical facilities run by the Veteran’s Administration and Department of Defense. [pH]uel 5.0 is used by professional athletes and the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer team to optimize muscle health, and it supports therapeutic recovery for tightness, cramping, and decreased range of motion.

Avadim will invest $25,400,000 in its new facility to be built in the Black Mountain Commerce Park near I-40. The company’s expansion aligns with the EDC’s AVL 5×5: Vision 2020 plan to attract high-growth employers in life sciences, technology, and advanced manufacturing. Avadim’s new headquarters in Black Mountain Commerce Park will catalyze access and utility improvements to serve future employers in eastern Buncombe County.

Avadim’s Chairman and CEO, Stephen Woody, stated, “As a lifelong resident of Buncombe County, it was important to me that our business expansion happen right at home. Avadim will not only contribute to the health and well-being of individuals by addressing gaps in global health, including infection, neuromuscular disorders and wound care, but also this expansion will contribute to our economy by continuing to cultivate a vibrant life sciences sector and spur jobs in Western North Carolina.”

“This expansion highlights the extraordinary entrepreneurial talent in our community. Company founder Steve Woody is a champion of WNC and as a business leader has always created high quality jobs in his hometown… We celebrate the creation of a world-class headquarters building, hundreds of excellent careers for our citizens, and the first tenant in Black Mountain Commerce Park. This is a great day in Buncombe County,” said David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

“Avadim’s rapid expansion is a huge win in the continued growth of Buncombe County’s biotech and life sciences industry as it pioneers new medical technologies to serve national and international markets. The EDC is thrilled for Avadim to become a major employer in our community,” said Taylor Foss, EDC Chair and SVP, Organizational Transformation at Mission Health. “It joins the ranks of other high-growth, local companies creating career-ladder employment opportunities for our next generation.”

Avadim Technologies, Inc. is a life sciences company that has developed a new class of life sciences solutions based on Pathogenesis Based Therapies (“PBTs”), which work to optimize the stratum corneum, integumentary functions and the associated reactive tissue. Its therapies work to protect and support natural physiological functions of the skin barrier, to super normalize it, supporting treatments within three series of therapies for infection prevention, neuromuscular disorders and barrier repair. Avadim’s technologies use a targeted topical delivery system, are non-toxic, and are effective without the side effects of other remedy approaches. Initial acceptance in the U.S. clinical market of its first PBTs and novel preventative approach have shown both cost avoidance and superior effectiveness in addressing specific needs in healthcare. Avadim’s advanced therapeutic class of Pathogenesis Based Therapies is capable of unlocking pathways to address emerging gaps in global health. Learn more at www.avadimtechnologies.com.