Winter snow slowed the construction of Nypro Inc.'s new, $10 million technical center last year, but it should be open in time for Christmas 2003.
The 105,000-square-foot, 21/2-story facility is two-thirds complete and is on course to be completed by Dec. 18, according to Al Cotton, public affairs manager.
``Once the snow hit [in October 2002], we lost three months because it was the type of winter where the foundation work could not be completed until early spring,'' Cotton said.
The building will provide a new home for Nypro's toolmaking operation, which will take over the first floor. Cotton said Nypro will move about 100 employees from an old building in Clinton plus a few dozen workers from a satellite operation in Leominster.
He said the second floor will have a Class 8 (formerly called Class 100,000) clean room, the standard for health-care plastics. It will include a variety of technical offices to help with testing.
``I think this is the only major manufacturing facility being built in Massachusetts this year,'' Cotton said.
The project is designed to fit in with the rest of Nypro's global headquarters. Even the bricks will look the same as those on the 160-year-old original structure.
Nypro has worked with town officials to make space, provide more jobs and stay in town. It all started about five years ago, when Nypro approached officials to move a ball field to make room for the construction.
Cotton said Nypro built two ball fields, a basketball court and a community playground at a different site a few years ago as part of the deal.