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Battelle to Invest 200M in Central Ohio, Create Hundreds of Jobs

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

Battelle

Columbus, OH. 14 January, 2009—Battelle, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, announced today it is investing more than $200 million in central Ohio to add, construct, and renovate manufacturing, office, child care, and laboratory facilities in Columbus, Dublin, and West Jefferson.  As part of the investment, Battelle will create more than 200 new, high-paying science and research jobs.  Overall, the total economic output in the region stemming from Battelle’s investment is estimated to total more than $450 million.
  
“We are making these investments now to continue to advance science and accelerate our development of innovative products, services and solutions in the areas of energy, national security, and the health and life sciences,” said Jeff Wadsworth, President and CEO of Battelle.  “We are pleased to share our growth with Ohio by investing in the region and creating jobs.”
At its King Avenue campus Battelle is modernizing and renovating its offices and laboratories, incorporating new energy efficient features, and other green technologies.   Many of the projects are being built to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and await certification.
Battelle also is expanding and upgrading its biomedical research facilities to strengthen its safety and efficacy evaluation capabilities of many products for a wide range of clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as well as in a range of food products.  A noticeable part of the investment to support growing staff needs is the new, 16,000-square foot Battelle Discovery Center, a day care and early education center for children of employees.  Battelle also has moved to West Columbus and invested in a new armor assembly facility that was opened last year.
In West Jefferson, Battelle will construct a new major, state-of-the-art health and life sciences research laboratory slated for operation in 2011.  This new facility will further expand Battelle’s capability and impact in biomedical research and development.
In Dublin, Battelle is planning to renew the lease and expand capabilities at its Blazer Parkway production facility to boost light manufacturing capacity and increase production of key electronic components used for energy efficiency, the medical community, and the United States military forces.
The capital investments in central Ohio will retain thousands of research jobs and lead to the creation of about 200 new science and research jobs.  In addition, the new construction, renovation, and modernization work is enabling many Ohio firms—from heating and cooling to architectural firms—to maintain and increase employment.
  
Battelle estimates that its $200 million in capital investments will result in a total of $450 million during the course of construction.  The resulting jobs will generate a total regional income of $75.5 million.
 
“This is great news for central Ohio.  We look forward to continuing our work with Battelle as they expand and grow into the future,” said Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. “Critical to the success of the Ohio economy is our continued support of organizations like Battelle, which foster innovation and research as well as create the jobs that will lead us through the 21st Century.  We also acknowledge Battelle’s commitment to education and other initiatives that strengthen local communities and enhance the quality of life for their residents.”
“Our ability to retain, advance, and attract world-class talent is a key driver in accelerating Ohio’s economy,” said Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Development.  “We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with Battelle and look forward to our continued partnership to support visionary research and develop and grow jobs of the future.”
Battelle’s contributions to central Ohio’s economy are not limited to “bricks-and-mortar” investments.
 
“We designate a substantial percentage of our annual net operating profit to support educational, civic, and health-related initiatives here in our community,” Wadsworth noted.   “And our Team Battelle volunteers donates thousands of hours every year to dozens of projects for local nonprofit organizations,” he said.  In addition, Battelle has led the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through the Ohio STEM learning network, the Metro School, and the revitalization of Center of Science and Industry (COSI.)
Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:   Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences.   It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting over $4 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization.   Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 20,400 employees in more than 120 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science and math education.
 

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About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or delaneyk@battelle.org, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or masseytr@battelle.org.

 

Media Contacts


Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208
Email: delaneyk@battelle.org 


T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544 
Email: masseytr@battelle.org