A substantial lab expansion at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. will bring 350 new full-time jobs to one of Lancaster County’s largest employers, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday.
Eurofins provides analytical testing services to the bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental and medical device industries. Its main campus is located in Upper Leacock Township.
The company is investing $59 million in the project, which will include construction of a five-story, 168,000-square-foot facility to house laboratories and office space at the campus, as well as new lab equipment.
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.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, in collaboration with the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC).
It also will permit Eurofins to retain 1,500 existing positions, Wolf said.
“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,” Wolf said.
Construction is expected to start in April, and Eurofins already has begun hiring new employees.
“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,” said Timothy S. Oostdyk, chairman of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories and group senior vice president for Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing.
“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,” Oostdyk added.
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.
“Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a dynamic employer in Lancaster County, with deep local roots and a strong track record of growth,” EDC President Lisa Riggs said.
“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,” Riggs added. “The company’s state-of-the-art facilities and its talented and growing workforce are major contributors to Lancaster County’s robust economy.”