- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A company that makes a key component of sanitizers says it will build a pilot production facility in Fort Smith and eventually put its company headquarters there.

TiFiber Inc. says the move could create up to 100 jobs by 2019. Production would begin next year to meet Food and Drug Administration certification, then expand into significant production in 2017.

The Southwest Times Record newspaper reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/1w2VXiw ) that TiFiber makes a sanitizer that kills bacteria without triclosan or triclocarban. Those substances have been shown to alter hormone regulation and may contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

TiFiber is based in Fayetteville.

The FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency are reviewing the effects of triclosan on human and environmental health.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, https://www.swtimes.com/


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