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Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Thermo Fisher Scientific to Establish New Manufacturing Facility in Wilson County

Tuesday, September 07, 2021 | 10:00am

·       Company will ultimately create 1,400 new jobs in Lebanon

·       New facility will manufacture single-use bioprocess containers used to produce biologics and vaccines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Thermo Fisher Scientific officials announced today that the Waltham, Mass.-based life sciences company will establish a new manufacturing facility in Wilson County, that will lead to 1,400 new jobs.

To date, Thermo Fisher has committed more than $100 million to build a new single-use technology assembly facility, where it will produce bioprocess containers and fluid transfer assemblies that are used globally by biopharma companies to develop and produce therapeutics and vaccines.

The project will create about 400 jobs in the near term, ultimately growing to more than 1,400 new jobs in Lebanon over the next several years. The roles will focus on manufacturing, assembling and packaging bioprocess containers in a clean room environment with additional roles in engineering, procurement, quality, warehousing and site leadership.

Thermo Fisher is the world leader in serving science with annual revenue exceeding $30 billion. The company serves global customers in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, as well as in hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies.

The project is the latest in a string of life sciences-related companies to locate or expand in Tennessee. Since 2019, health care, life sciences and medical device companies have invested nearly $430 million in the state.

Over the last five years, TNECD has supported 13 economic development projects in Wilson County, resulting in approximately 3,300 job commitments and roughly $785 million in capital investment.

QUOTES
“We have created a business-friendly environment in Tennessee where companies can succeed, and I appreciate Thermo Fisher Scientific for choosing Lebanon to create 1,400 new jobs. This project will have a long-term positive impact on Tennesseans in Wilson County.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“Tennessee has seen an influx of health care and life sciences companies choosing to do business in our state, and this new investment from Thermo Fisher Scientific brings a significant boost to this thriving sector. We welcome Thermo Fisher Scientific to Tennessee and thank them for creating over 1,000 new job opportunities in Lebanon.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe

“Thermo Fisher’s Nashville site will play a critical role in the company’s effort to support the global pharmaceutical industry’s work in developing life-saving biologics and vaccines to address many diseases. We look forward to being part of the community and enabling the local talent to build meaningful careers through the high-quality jobs that will be created at the site.” – Michel Lagarde, executive vice president, Thermo Fisher Scientific

“Wilson County is excited to contribute again to Tennessee’s number one ranking in the southeast for medical equipment and supplies. Wilson County enters this partnership with Thermo Fischer Scientific with the hope that it can provide a clearer pathway to meeting present and unforeseen challenges in the medical and healthcare sector. We also want to thank our economic partners which include the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Valley Authority, the Wilson County Commission, the Joint Economic Development Board and the Industrial Board of Wilson County in bringing this project to fruition.” ­– Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto

“TVA and Middle Tennessee Electric congratulate Thermo Fisher Scientific on its decision to locate operations and create more than a thousand new jobs in Lebanon. Attracting and retaining quality jobs and investment in the region is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission and celebrate this announcement.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development

“These 1,400 jobs will be a huge boost to the local economy and benefit the citizens of Lebanon. I am grateful Thermo Fisher is making such a significant investment in our community and manufacturing products that will save lives. Great work by state and local officials for securing this investment in our area.” – Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon)

“This is exciting news for Lebanon. Our community is continuing to experience great economic growth because of the strong business-friendly culture that we have created in Tennessee. I appreciate our state and local partners for all they have done and want to extend a warm welcome to Thermo Fisher.” – Rep. Clark Boyd (R-Lebanon)

About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $30 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them. Our global team of more than 80,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Thermo Fisher Media Contact
Ron O'Brien
(781) 622-1242
ron.obrien@thermofisher.com 

TNECD Media Contact
Jennifer McEachern
Director of Communications and Marketing
(615) 336-2689
jennifer.mceachern@tn.gov

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