Infrared inspection window manufacturer IRISS, which has its origins in the UK, has announced the first development phase for its global headquarters and manufacturing facility in Manatee County, Florida.

IRISS has invested $5.7million in this US building, which will give its sales, manufacturing and support organisation 3000 square metres of operational space.

“Our phenomenal growth of 69% year-on-year drove the decision to co-locate our manufacturing and global headquarters in Manatee County,” explained the company’s founder and CEO, Martin Robinson. It also underpins the high demand for IRISS products in the US.

In addition to growing its operating facilities in the US, IRISS will also be extending its workforce; 30 new posts are currently envisaged.  The project is set for completion by mid-2013. The company’s new UK facility in Chelmsford, remains the main operating base for the UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).