With the opening of the first phase of a biocenter at its Logan, Utah, operation, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. plans to shutter a production facility in Novato, Calif., by early next year.
Operations that will shift to Utah include specialty film manufacturing.
Thermo Fisher began work on the $11 million biocenter project in November. The center is at the site of the firm's bioprocess business unit, and will be used for the manufacture of single-use bioprocess containers and related products.
Thermo Fisher's 20,000-square-foot Novato facility will be shuttered and operations will be moved to Logan, according to the company. Some of its 40 employees have been offered work in Logan.
The first phase of the biocenter a 37,000-square-foot facility was unveiled July 23, said David Radspinner, a marketing director at Logan.
He said the company's multilayer films have special barrier and flexibility characteristics and are used in a sterile environment to create various components.
The firm's Thermo Scientific-brand HyClone bioprocess containers range from single-use to custom-designed units and complex systems. Thermo Fisher said demand is growing for disposable BPCs, which are used in cell-culture applications and for mixing, storing and transporting bioprocessing fluids and other substances.
The new Logan facility will employ 75. It will be used for production, development and some warehousing and will include a Class 10,000 clean room space for assembly, Radspinner said.
When completed, the biocenter will be part of a 94,000-square-foot complex. The Logan operation will include an administration building, liquid-media and serum processing facility, a powdered-media facility and a warehouse, in addition to an existing BPC facility.
Thermo Fisher has not released specific details about the next phase.
The public company is based in Waltham, Mass., and employs more than 30,000.