Midwest Veterinary Services will invest approximately $10 million to expand its operations and build the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center along the Highway 24 corridor in Pottawatomie County’s, Blue Township, near Manhattan Kansas.
A Nebraska-based company, Midwest Veterinary Services will create 18 new jobs with an average salary of $65,000. Construction has already begun on the new 20,000-square-foot facility in Valley Business Park, owned by the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation. VBRC will design and conduct research that guides potential products through the FDA and USDA regulatory approval pathway for vaccine and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
“In addition to working with manufacturers, our organization has a long history of collaborating with academic research institutions like Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center,” said VBRC owner Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg. “I am excited to be able to bring resources closer to our colleagues at Kansas State University and our regional clients in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.”
“We are very pleased that we had shovel-ready land available to help facilitate the location and construction of the VBRC,” said Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation Director Bob Cole. “Pottawatomie County is proud to have been able to provide a home for this important new business and proud to have been one of a complex of partners at the regional and state level working together to bring this business to Kansas.”
“VBRC’s expansion is not only an economic development win for the region, but it adds to the critical mass of animal health capabilities and will drive research and innovation,” said the president of Kansas State University Kirk Schulz. “To this end, VBRC’s presence is well aligned with K-State's vision to be a top 50 research university by 2025.