Governor Wolf Announces 350 New Jobs with Expansion of Eurofins Facility in Lancaster County

first_img March 02, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 350 New Jobs with Expansion of Eurofins Facility in Lancaster County Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. (Eurofins), a provider of analytical testing services to the bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental, and medical device industries, will substantially expand the laboratory facility at its existing campus in Lancaster County and create 350 new, full-time jobs and retain 1,500 existing positions“I am pleased to announce that Eurofins will make a significant investment in its Lancaster County campus by expanding its cutting-edge operations in the commonwealth and employing 1,500 hard-working Pennsylvanians with family sustaining jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “Projects like this that utilize the talents of our highly-skilled and dedicated workforce are what will continue to grow our communities and strengthen our economy.”Eurofins plans to construct a five-story, 168,000-square-foot facility to house laboratories and office space at its main campus in Upper Leacock Township. The company will invest $59 million in the expansion project, which includes construction of the facility and purchase new state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation and equipment. Construction is anticipated to start in April 2017 and the company has already begun hiring new employees in anticipation of the building expansion completion.“As one of the largest employers in Lancaster County, we are pleased to take this significant step to expand our capacity and service portfolio to our global client base as well as provide a great place to grow a career. This expansion is the result of the excellent commitment and technical capability of our people in successfully nurturing strategic partnerships with our clients in Europe, North America, and Asia,” said Timothy S. Oostdyk, Ph.D., chairman of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories and group senior vice president for Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing. “Further, we appreciate the critical support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Eurofins’ absolute commitment to aggressively funding growth to enhance the way we serve our customers as well as build the best and widest-reaching global testing network. I believe our aptitude for long-term investments in this space is truly market leading, and it makes for very exciting opportunities.”Eurofins received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $1 million Pennsylvania First Program grant and $1,050,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC).“Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a dynamic employer in Lancaster County, with deep local roots and a strong track record of growth,” said EDC President Lisa Riggs. “We are thrilled and excited to see the company’s continued investment here, anchoring the biopharmaceutical and environmental laboratory work of this global scientific services giant. The company’s state-of-the-art facilities and its talented and growing workforce are major contributors to Lancaster County’s robust economy.”Founded in 1961, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is a global leader in the analytical testing services field, providing innovative scientific solutions to the top bio/pharmaceutical, food, environmental, and medical device industries around the world. The company is a member of Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Group—the largest network of harmonized bio/pharmaceutical GMP product testing laboratories worldwide. Belgium-based parent company, Eurofins Scientific employs 25,000 staff in more than 250 laboratories across 39 countries.View the full-size rendering of the Eurofins expansion project here.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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German Constitutional Court rules on complaints against Offshore Wind Energy Act

first_imgThe First Senate of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has ruled on constitutional complaints filed against the country’s existing Offshore Energy Act (WindSeeG). “Compensation is required where documents and results of any investigations can still be utilised for the “preparatory site investigations” conducted by the state under the new law”, the First Senate stated in a press release from 20 August. In the case of the rejected complaints, the First Senate found the Offshore Wind Energy Act to be compatible with the requirements of the general principle of the protection of legitimate expectations. Under the old regulation, offshore wind farms could be approved without any prior formal planning or systematic coordination of the establishment of connection to the power grid, while the Offshore Wind Energy Act brought more detailed provisions for the approval procedure. “In order to transition to the new system, ongoing planning approval procedures were terminated and previously issued permits lost their validity. The provisions under the transitional legal framework are not applicable to the complainants’ projects”, the First Senate explained. The constitutional complaints arose after the Ordinance on Offshore Installations Seaward of the Limit of the German Territorial Sea – which was applicable until the end of 2016 and under which the complainants had submitted requests for approval of offshore wind farms located in German North Sea Exclusive Economic Zone in the North Sea – was replaced by the current Offshore Wind Energy Act, which led to a fundamental revision of the approval procedure for wind farms located in the Exclusive Economic Zone. The rest of the constitutional complaints made against the Offshore Energy Act were rejected. According to the ruling on these complaints, the Act does not violate the fundamental rights to property and freedom of occupation, and it does not violate the general guarantee of the right to equality. On the matter of the Act not providing for any compensation for the planning and site investigation expenses incurred by developers whose projects were initiated under previously applicable law but were terminated when the existing Act entered into force, the First Senate found the Act to be unconstitutional. The legal authority also said that, to be considered of use, tenders to establish an offshore wind farm on a relevant site must be accepted by 31 December 2030. The legal basis for such interests in compensation must be set out by the legislator in greater detail, with the legislator obligated to do so until 30 June 2021, at the latest. The First Senate held that the Offshore Wind Energy Act has a quasi-retroactive effect that is not entirely justified under constitutional law, and that the complainants must receive financial compensation for any necessary expenses for planning and site investigations insofar as this can be of use to the preparatory site investigation conducted by the state under §§ 9 et seq. of the existing Offshore Wind Energy Act. last_img read more

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