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California-based BeamOne is investing $9 million in a new electron beam medical device sterilization service center in Clinton Township.

California-based BeamOne is investing $9 million in a new electron beam medical device sterilization service center in Clinton Township, PA.

Ground will be broken for the Butler County facility before year’s end, and the center is expected Clinton Township. It will become operational in late 2010. BeamOne’s other locations include California, Colorado, Ohio and Costa Rica.

“Breaking ground for a fifth facility in the Pittsburgh region in less than a year since we opened our Costa Rica service center in January underscores that electron beam is the sterilization modality leader of the future,” said Glenn Thibault, president and CEO of BeamOne.

“This win is strategic not only for BeamOne, but for the region. It supports an already strong medical device manufacturing sector by bringing required sterilization of their products closer to home. It will eliminate the need to ship products manufactured here out of state for sterilization,” said Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates, including the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA).

“We’re thrilled to welcome BeamOne to the Pittsburgh region because its presence bodes wells for the region’s competitiveness. This win gives the PRA an edge for marketing the region to medical device manufacturers who will want to locate or grow their operations where there is an established sector and cost-saving efficiencies, such as close-to-home sterilization,” he added.

Also involved in the project are the Community Development Corporation of Butler County; the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, including the Governor’s Action Team; MEDRAD; Massaro; CB Richard Ellis; and FirstEnergy, which works with the PRA to market the region’s strengths at key international medical device manufacturing trade shows.

BeamOne’s technological ability to efficiently process virtually any shipment size, as well as to accommodate both large and small product configurations, provides processing flexibility and faster time to market, Yablonsky noted. The center to be built in Butler County will provide sterilization services for medical device, pharmaceutical and labware manufacturers as well as tissue processors, further strengthening the region’s position as one of the 25 largest metro areas in the biosciences.

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