by Timothy S. Oostdyk, Ph.D., president, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories
There is something very exciting and gratifying about watching a 190-foot behemoth construction crane hoist massive 33-foot-long, 1,500 lb. steel beams onto an emerging structure that when completed will be our 12th building addition. In my 27 years with the company, the feeling of accomplishment that comes with each expansion project never diminishes.
While this new four-story, 78,000-square- foot addition signifies successful client partnerships and 200 new jobs being created, it also symbolizes what enabled us to grow again. It’s the iron-clad passion of our team for delivering the most comprehensive bio/ pharmaceutical testing solutions coupled with providing an outstanding service experience. Combine this with our customers’ terrific project collaboration, and you see the foundation of success behind every steel beam. It’s through each and every successful partnership that we all prosper and grow.
The company will invest more than $17 million to build this new facility and outfit it with new laboratory equipment. This expansion will take the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, campus to more than 300,000-squarefeet, strengthening our position as the largest contract laboratory testing facility. This latest addition will be utilized primarily for our growing biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical testing activities.
This project represents the commitment that Eurofins Scientific has made to continued growth and investment in Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories and more broadly in all its laboratory operations in North America. This commitment is both to strong organic growth and continued growth through acquisition. With more than 170 laboratories across 32 countries and over 12,000 staff, Eurofins Scientific has enjoyed record growth for 25 years--a trait we’ve also taken great pride in during our 51-year history at the Lancaster site.
We also appreciate that the State of Pennsylvania is supportive of our business growth and job creation initiatives. To that, we received a $700,000 funding offer from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $300,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $400,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits. “Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a true Pennsylvania success that continues to grow and create jobs in the region,” said PA Governor Tom Corbett. “The impact on the community is significant and one the commonwealth is proud to support.”
I would like to thank each and every one of you that we have served over the years for your role in our continued growth. We are successful, and we grow for one reason – to serve our customers and enable you to achieve your drug development and commercialization goals. That’s what motivates and excites us, and there’s nothing like steel going up to symbolize the success of our work together.