January 6, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 2:39 pm

Enfield home to $25M biotech expansion

German biomedical equipment maker Eppendorf Manufacturing Co. is underway with a $25 million expansion to its Enfield production plant that authorities say may add as many as 90 new jobs by year's end.

The 130,000-square-foot addition is part of Eppendorf's plan to expand its Enfield campus at 175 Freshwater Blvd. that began round-the-clock operation nearly seven years ago, said Ray Warren, development services director for the town of Enfield

Eppendorf officials were scheduled at noon Thursday to lead State Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, and local authorities on a tour of the existing operations and the construction site.

In 2004, parent Eppendorf AG, of Hamburg, Germany, bought the then-vacant 192,000-square-foot production facility from German machinery-maker Jagenberg Inc. to be closer to its U.S. markets.

Eppendorf's Enfield plant annually produces about one billion plastic pipettes and pipette tips used in medical labs and biomedical research, Warren said.

"Even in this recession, its business has been growing strong,'' he said.

The company has since expanded well beyond its initial 113 employees, and expects to add another 75 to 90 workers once the expansion is complete in October, Warren said.

Although an exact headcount was unavailable, he said Eppendorf is Enfield's biggest biotech company and is one of its 25 largest employers.

The town is providing property-tax incentives to help Eppendorf finance the expansion, Warren said.

Eppendorf officials in Enfield did not immediately return a phone call Thursday for comment.

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