Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday visited a Lancaster County laboratory company that is in the process of launching a multi-million dollar expansion.
Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Inc, a provider of analytical testing services to the bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental and medical device industries, last month announced a $59 million plan to add space, equipment and 350 new full-time jobs at its Upper Leacock Township campus.
Eurofins received state assistance for the expansion through the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $1 million Pennsylvania First Program grant and $1.05 million in job creation tax credits, to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.
Wolf visited the plant in conjunction with his ongoing “Jobs that Pay” tour of expanding industrial and commercial sites around the state.
“Eurofins is an excellent example of a Pennsylvania company that is dedicated to expanding and creating jobs right here in Lancaster County,” Wolf said.
Wolf was joined by Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Economic Development Co. of Lancaster County president Lisa Riggs and Eurofins leadership.
The Eurofins project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of 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).
The coming months will see Eurofins begin construction on a five-story, 168,000-square-foot facility to house laboratories and office space at its main campus. Eurofins already have begun hiring new employees, the governor’s office said.
Eurofins Scientific employs 25,000 people in more than 250 laboratories across 39 countries.
The French firm acquired Lancaster Laboratories Inc. from Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in 2011 for $200 million.
“We thank Governor Wolf for his interest and support as we continue to expand our global laboratory testing network and bring high-tech jobs to Lancaster County,” said Timothy S. Oostdyk, chairman of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories and group senior vice president for Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing.
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