Sartorius BioAnalytical Instruments, Inc., a global leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, received support today from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to construct a Center of Excellence facility in Ann Arbor. The new facility will house lab processing services, manufacturing and assembly of highly technical instruments, reagents, research and development, marketing, human resources, accounting, training, a customer visitor center, and more. Throughout this process, Sartorious will invest $57 million in the Ann Arbor region, which will ultimately create 160 high-wage jobs here.
Ann Arbor SPARK has worked with the company to identify a site for this new facility, secure support from state and local partners, and help with future efforts to hire top-tier talent.
To support the project, the city of Ann Arbor plans to submit an application to the Michigan Department of Transportation for Transportation Economic Development Fund support for road resurfacing activities. The city also plans to consider a Brownfield TIF Work Plan and approval of a property tax abatement in support of the project.
On the collaboration between state and local partners, Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko said, “The staff at Ann Arbor SPARK has worked incredibly hard to bring this opportunity specifically to the City of Ann Arbor and we thank the MEDC, the Michigan Strategic Fund, and Governor Whitmer for approving the business development grant in support of Sartorious’ new facility. This support from the State of Michigan is critical, but for the project to move forward, the City of Ann Arbor must approve companion local support that will allow the project to move forward in the Ann Arbor Research Park that has underperformed for decades. The City and other taxing authorities will realize new tax revenues from this project from the very beginning if the project is approved by the city of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor SPARK looks forward to City Council approving the local incentives in support of the Whitmer administration’s actions to make this project a reality in Ann Arbor.” Sartorious works with scientists and scientists and engineers around the world to quickly and safely develop and manufacture medications from the first idea to patients. The company’s parent, Sartorius AG, is publicly traded and has 11,000 employees worldwide, including approximately 130 located at four sites in Washtenaw County.
The project further strengthens Michigan’s life sciences and professional services industries and will bring high-wage, high-skill jobs to area residents in a variety of positions including biomedical engineers, biological scientists, first-line supervisors, business operations specialists, among others. Bringing the project to Michigan grows and solidifies the company’s presence in the Ann Arbor region and supports the potential for future growth and investment. The company believes strongly in promoting from within and plans to work with Michigan Works! and Ann Arbor SPARK to reach local talent in disadvantaged areas.