LaMotte is to invest $3.3 million in Newark to enhance its production and research & development capability.
As a result of increased sales, the water-quality testing instrument and reagent company will expand its lab space at its new Pencader Corporate Center headquarters.
The 79,000-square-foot facility will also house office and production space.
LaMotte President and CEO Scott Amsbaugh said: “We are thrilled to continue our expansion plans culminating in this investment in Delaware.
“The Newark location is highly valuable for us given the skilled and educated local workforce and its proximity to global shipping hubs. This investment is critical in our capacity expansion to meet our customers’ growing demands for LaMotte’s products.”
LaMotte produces analytical reagents, electronic instrumentation, and complete portable test kits for chemical analysis for hundreds of applications to serve the pool and spa; drinking water; industrial water; environmental science education; food and beverage; laundry and sanitation; water and wastewater; and aquarium and fish farming industries.
LaMotte will hire more than 50 employees instantly with plans to employ more than 100 people working at the site within three years.
Governor John Carney said: “We are working hard to make Delaware more competitive so that we can compete and win every day,”
He added: “That means making sure we have the best environment so businesses like LaMotte Company can grow and thrive here in Delaware. We are excited about this expansion and the new jobs it will bring. This investment shows that Delaware remains in demand for manufacturing and innovative development.”
LaMotte chose Newark over other Mid-Atlantic locales because of its proximity to the intellectual resources of the University of Delaware.
The company plans to work with the university’s Colleges of Engineering and Business to create an internship and employee pipeline.
It also strategies to partner with Delaware’s vocational high schools and Delaware Technical Community College to address its needs for technician and manufacturing personnel.
Source: Business Facilities