Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. will substantially expand the laboratory facility at its existing campus in Lancaster County, PA and create 350 new, full-time jobs and retain 1,500 existing positions. The provider of analytical testing services to the bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental, and medical device industries plans to construct a five-story, 168,000-square-foot facility to house laboratories and office space at its main campus in Upper Leacock Township.
The company will invest $59 million in the expansion project, which includes construction of the facility and purchase new state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation and equipment. Construction is anticipated to start in April 2017 and the company has already begun hiring new employees in anticipation of the building expansion completion.
“As one of the largest employers in Lancaster County, we are pleased to take this significant step to expand our capacity and service portfolio to our global client base as well as provide a great place to grow a career. This expansion is the result of the excellent commitment and technical capability of our people in successfully nurturing strategic partnerships with our clients in Europe, North America, and Asia,” said Timothy S. Oostdyk, Ph.D., chairman of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories and group senior vice president for Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing. “Further, we appreciate the critical support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Eurofins’ absolute commitment to aggressively funding growth to enhance the way we serve our customers as well as build the best and widest-reaching global testing network. I believe our aptitude for long-term investments in this space is truly market leading, and it makes for very exciting opportunities.”
Eurofins received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $1 million Pennsylvania First Program grant and $1,050,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.
“I am pleased to announce that Eurofins will make a significant investment in its Lancaster County campus by expanding its cutting-edge operations in the commonwealth and employing 1,500 hard-working Pennsylvanians with family sustaining jobs,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Projects like this that utilize the talents of our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce are what will continue to grow our communities and strengthen our economy.”
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC).
“Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a dynamic employer in Lancaster County, with deep local roots and a strong track record of growth,” said EDC President Lisa Riggs. “We are thrilled and excited to see the company’s continued investment here, anchoring the biopharmaceutical and environmental laboratory work of this global scientific services giant. The company’s state-of-the-art facilities and its talented and growing workforce are major contributors to Lancaster County’s robust economy.”
Founded in 1961, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a member of Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Group—the largest network of harmonized bio/pharmaceutical GMP product testing laboratories worldwide. Belgium-based parent company, Eurofins Scientific employs 25,000 staff in more than 250 laboratories across 39 countries.
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