The New Hampshire manufacturing plant of cutting systems maker Hypertherm has been given a gold award by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 160,000-square-foot Hanover, N.H., facility earned the award under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building rating program after it scored 62 for its environmental attributes.

It is the only facility of its type to earn such a high-level LEED award, company officials said.

“We are grateful to the amazing team of professionals who helped us stay true to our core values and environmental goals by guiding us through this process,” said Barbara Couch, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Hypertherm. “The end result coupled with today’s LEED-gold announcement is more than we ever could have hoped for.”

Company officials say the plant, which includes research space, laboratories and classrooms, will eventually generate up to 500 new jobs.