SteriTek, a contract sterilizer, will build an East Coast sterilization facility in Burlington, North Carolina. The $59.9 million project is expected to create 50 jobs.
The new 125,000-square-foot location will increase the company’s sterilization capacity to meet the industry’s increased demand with four E-beam machines and one X-ray system.
“SteriTek is excited to offer contract sterilization services to the medical device and pharma communities in the state of North Carolina.” said Larry Nichols, CEO of SteriTek. “We are purchasing extra land next to our facility to attract life science companies to open facilities near a sterilizer.
A performance-based grant of $95,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with SteriTek’s location to North Carolina. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
“SteriTek’s new facility in Alamance County is a great addition to our already thriving biotechnology and life sciences industry,” noted Governor Roy Cooper. “Companies value our central location, skilled talent, and thriving life science ecosystem as they execute their strategies here in North Carolina.”
Using electron beam and X-ray systems for sterilization, SteriTek supports the medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and tissue industries. From research and development to validation, the California-based company offers turnkey processing services with a proprietary system for sterilizing high-volumes of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, human tissues, and other complex products both safely and with efficacy.
“North Carolina’s flourishing life sciences cluster is strengthened by SteriTek’s decision to establish its East Coast facility in Alamance County,” added N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “Our biotechnology and pharmaceutical supply chain combined with our talent-focused economic development plan provide companies like SteriTek with the right formula for success.”
Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) were key partners in the project that included the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina Community College System, Alamance Community College, Alamance County, Alamance Chamber Economic Development Foundation, City of Burlington and Duke Energy.