Thermo Fisher Scientific to add 57 jobs
MIDDLETOWN – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. plans to expand its Frederick County operations, create 57 new jobs and invest $9.5 million.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Thursday the company’s intentions to invest in its medical device manufacturing operations. Thermo Fisher has operated in Virginia for almost 40 years and the company employs more than 300 people at its facility near Middletown, 25,000 at 1,000 operations across Virginia and 55,000 worldwide.
Virginia competed against California for the project, according to the governor’s office. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Frederick County to secure the project and McAuliffe approved a $110,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the county with the project. The Virginia Jobs Investment Program will provide funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities.
Thermo Fisher began talks with state and county officials about the expansion last fall, according to information attributed Paul Vitagliano, Thermo Fisher vice president and general manager of clinical diagnostics. Asked why Thermo Fisher saw the need to expand, the company continues to establish partnerships with diagnostics customers, and those new opportunities have led to business expansion, according to Vitagliano. Thermo Fisher saw that Virginia and the company’s Middletown facility offered economic and strategic advantages over the California operation. The new positions include manufacturing operators, product support scientists, laboratory technicians, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers, material handlers, customer service and documentation coordinators, according to information from Thermo Fisher. The salary range for the new positions was not provided.
Frederick County must allocate matching funds in order for the company to receive the state grant, Economic Development Authority Executive Director Patrick Barker said Thursday. County leaders will act at a future meeting on a resolution that sets forth a performance agreement, Barker said. Such agreements lay out what a company must do within a certain time to receive the incentives offered.
The EDA worked with the company in an effort to keep the expansion in Frederick County versus California, Barker recalled. The EDA gathered information to find what incentives the county could offer Thermo Fisher that fit the project. The Middletown facility submitted its proposal and officials at the corporate headquarters supported the project, Barker said.
“The 57 jobs are new to the area,” Barker said. “Obviously they’re above-average wage jobs for our market, which is obviously very exciting for us to be able to move the needle forward from the wage-wealth standpoint locally.”
The average salary in Frederick County is roughly $45,000, Barker said. The jobs would pay more than that amount, he added.
The announcement continues a trend of economic growth for the county.
“It’s been a great run and, again, all the success we’ve had, you know this kind of stuff we’ve had for over a decade,” Barker said. “This year obviously is a much more amplified effort but we’re extremely appreciative and very grateful for every corporate location decision, expansion Frederick County gets and it’s all about keeping the economy here and moving forward in a way that’s gonna move us forward for the future.”