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Lonza Biologics expansion approved, up to 1,000 new jobs at Pease International Tradeport

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April 22. 2018 10:42AM
Lonza plans to expand at Pease International Tradeport. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

PORTSMOUTH - Lonza Biologics Inc. received the go-ahead Friday from the Pease Development Authority to move forward with the expansion of its facility at the Pease International Tradeport, which could add up to 1,000 jobs and 1 million square-feet of space.

The company currently employs 800 at the facility, where it primarily focuses on contract manufacturing. The expansion, expected to take 10 to 15 years, will include three new buildings, according to plans.

"We are thrilled that Lonza will be making a major additional investment in New Hampshire and adding more jobs to our local economy," Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement Friday.

The governor's office and the Department of Business and Economic Affairs collaborated with the Department of Environmental Services, the Business Finance Authority, the City of Portsmouth, and the Pease Development Authority to pitch New Hampshire as a prime location for Lonza's expansion plans, Sununu's office said in a release.

"This additional investment will create a more than 40-acre campus for the company and reinforces the vitality of the life sciences sector here in New Hampshire," said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.

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