A Life Science business of Germany-based Merck KGaA, MilliporeSigma, inaugurated its new $14.4 million industrial water treatment plant in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
MilliporeSigma noted it is Jaffrey's largest employer with approximately 1,000 employees. The company is recruiting candidates for 95 jobs in Jaffrey (60 permanent and 35 contract positions) and plans to add at least 100 more jobs in the town over the next several years to support anticipated future growth.
According to company officials, “the upgraded system incorporates advanced technology and complies with town-issued industrial water discharge permits that will become effective later this year. The plant is the first of MilliporeSigma's facilities worldwide to use anaerobic digestion, which treats biodegradable waste and is widely employed as a renewable energy source.”
"Our new, industrial water treatment plant reduces the load on the town treatment works, while also supporting future growth at our Jaffrey facility," said Chris Ross, interim CEO, MilliporeSigma. "This investment reflects MilliporeSigma's commitment to environmental sustainability, to the town of Jaffrey and to the surrounding communities in New Hampshire."
MilliporeSigma in Jaffrey produces technologies and tools for biopharmaceutical manufacturing, and supplies products that are used in the research and development of vaccines for Covid-19, company officials explained.
Water from the company's onsite treatment plant feeds into the town's wastewater facility, where it receives final treatment. MilliporeSigma said its “pre-treated water measures well below Industrial Discharge Permit limits, thereby assisting the town in its discharge compliance. The company is evaluating the possibility of re-using the treated process water in its Jaffrey production operations, which would be a first in New Hampshire.”
Additionally, MilliporeSigma's Jaffrey plant recycles plastic and corrugated packaging, recovers and re-uses solvents and uses double-sided printing and compostable cutlery, in all, achieving a recycle rate of 40 percent. The company noted its “facility also boasts an impressive water re-use program. Water entering the facility is used two to three times before being sent to the onsite water treatment plant. In 2019, the Jaffrey site avoided consuming nearly 44 million gallons of fresh water from the local river basin."