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Senator Spilka Applauds Expansion at Lonza Biologics

March 21, 2011

State-supported project creates 128 new jobs and unlocks expanded economic development opportunities in MetroWest region

On Wednesday, March 16, Senator Karen Spilka celebrated the completion of the custom manufacturing expansion of leading Hopkinton life sciences company Lonza Biologics. The project, which has already created 128 jobs in the region, was jumpstarted by over $2.7 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants, long advocated for by Senator Spilka.

“I am thrilled to see this project come to fruition. This is the type of targeted investment the Commonwealth should be making right now, and I applaud Lonza for exceeding their job projections. The development of this manufacturing facility is the result of a lot of advocacy and a lot of collaboration between the state and the respective towns. I fought hard for this worthwhile project, without which we may very well have lost companies and jobs in MetroWest. Lonza continues to be an excellent partner in our quest for job retention, growth and economic expansion,” said Senator Karen Spilka.

“Today’s announcement shines a light on what is possible when state and local government work together to help move Massachusetts forward,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “The infrastructure investments we’ve made in Hopkinton and Milford through the MassWorks program have supported Lonza Biologics’ expansion and will continue to support future job creation and long-term economic growth in this region.”

Two grants were awarded for this project – $128,784 to Milford and $2.6M to Hopkinton. Coupled together, these funds have been used to execute a wastewater agreement between the neighboring towns, allowing Lonza Biologics to complete its recent expansion. The total infrastructure upgrades necessary for Lonza to construct its new facility cost an estimated $3.98 million. The grants were anticipated to leverage 102 new jobs for the region, but Lonza has exceeded expectations and added 128 new jobs to date.

“Hopkinton is very pleased that the partnership between two towns, Milford and Hopkinton, the state and Lonza brought the Hopkinton-Milford sewer connection to fruition,” said Town Manager Norman Khuamlo of Hopkinton. “This project is about investing in infrastructure to create long-term economic development opportunities, putting people back to work and preserving the town’s long-standing vision of attracting life-science businesses to Hopkinton.”

“It’s exciting to see Lonza continue to grow and thrive in Hopkinton, exceeding the target expectations and creating over 125 new jobs. Infrastructure investment and the MassWorks program are critical to realizing our economic potential in MetroWest and across the state. This funding will continue to be essential in ensuring more companies like Lonza stay and grow here in Massachusetts,” said Representative Carolyn Dykema.

Furthering Senator Spilka’s priority to streamline government and make economic development support more accessible, the MassWorks Infrastructure Program was announced recently as a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding. The program consolidated six existing infrastructure programs, each aimed at supporting job creation and economic development, to provide increased efficiency, service, and communication when cities and towns apply for infrastructure grants and resources. This approach has reduced duplication, improved accountability, and provided for the most effective management of state resources.

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