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Governor LePage Celebrates Jobs at IDEXX Groundbreaking
April 3, 2012
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA – A new multi-million dollar expansion in Westbrook means more jobs for Maine people. IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. officials announced today the expansion for a new administrative building, which could potentially add hundreds of jobs to the local economy.Governor Paul LePage, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Congressman Michael Michaud and other officials joined IDEXX CEO Jonathan Ayers to announce the project and remark on its future impact on the Maine economy as well as employee life at IDEXX.
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. will invest $35 million in facilities and equipment during two phases of a 107,700 square foot development project. A new administrative building will be the first certified LEED building in Westbrook, and will provide additional space to support up to 300 new employees in Maine. In addition, more than 100 new trade jobs will be generated regionally to support the construction phase of the facility.
“I am very pleased to participate in this groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate this major investment for the people of Southern Maine,” said Governor LePage. “I extend my sincerest congratulations to IDEXX, and thank them for this investment which will potentially mean hundreds of good jobs for Mainers. In this down economy, we need to continue to work towards promoting policies that will help Maine’s job creators expand and succeed,” continued the Governor.
“IDEXX has been proud to call Maine home for more than 25 years, so it is particularly rewarding that we are able to make this important investment in the state,” said Jonathan Ayers, CEO, IDEXX. “We look forward to continued growth in Maine and the opportunity to create jobs. Moreover, IDEXX and our employees are committed to contributing to the well-being of our communities through volunteerism and charitable giving, so even more people can benefit from our success,” added Ayers.
The IDEXX facility in Westbrook serves as the company’s worldwide headquarters with more than 1,800 employees. The number of IDEXX employees in Maine has more than doubled over the past eight years. A billion dollar company, IDEXX currently employs professionals in the fields of research and development, sales and marketing, manufacturing operations, information technology, human resources, communications and legal and business development.