MILFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT), a leading global provider of analytical instruments and software, today announced that its newly constructed Precision Chemical Manufacturing Facility in Taunton, Massachusetts, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. had received. The products manufactured at this facility are essential to thousands of laboratories that ensure the quality and safety of medicines, food and water for millions of people worldwide.
Waters’ US Green Building Council (USGBC) designated Taunton facility is the first and only LEED certified chemical manufacturing facility in Massachusetts and is one of a small number of LEED certified industrial manufacturing projects in the United States. The site nearly triples Waters’ production footprint, has already created 25 new jobs and offers growth capacity for years to come.
To meet increased customer demand, achieve higher levels of operational efficiencies, and continue its commitment to sustainable growth, Waters has invested more than $215 million since 2018 to build this state-of-the-art facility as a manufacturing center of excellence.
“Materials manufactured at Waters’ Taunton facility are at the heart of the science that goes into the development and testing of mRNA vaccines and therapies, such as For example, those used to prevent and treat COVID and to detect contaminants such as PFAS in drinking water,” said Dr Udit Batra, President and CEO of Waters Corporation. “As one of the few chemical manufacturing facilities in the country to receive LEED certification, we are proud to lead the way in improving our environment, the health and well-being of our communities, and ensuring that the life sciences industry thrives in Massachusetts Farther.”
The 140,000 square foot chemical manufacturing facility was built on an adjacent property where Waters has manufactured laboratory and chemical supplies since 1976. At this facility, Waters manufactures chromatographic particles, which are the backbone of its chemical consumables business and are responsible for more than $300 million in annual recurring revenue. More specifically, it synthesizes chromatographic media used by thousands of analytical laboratories around the world to support research, development, and manufacturing of drugs, biopharmaceuticals, materials, food, and clinical diagnostics and biomedical research.
Recognizing that typical chemical manufacturing plants consume large amounts of energy and water, the Waters facility incorporates many innovative features to reduce environmental impact, including:
State-of-the-art on-site industrial waste containment and treatment technology designed to reduce total building emissions by an estimated factor of six compared to Waters’ legacy manufacturing facility;
Wastewater recycling technology that reclaims and filters wastewater for use in property irrigation, air conditioning and building toilet facilities;
And the building’s LEED design is optimized for energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and incorporates building materials that promote sustainability.
“Waters has demonstrated through its investment and design that chemical manufacturing plants can not only create jobs and support the life sciences, but can also be a model for environmental sustainability,” said US Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA).
“Achieving LEED certification is more than just implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and to influencing others to make it better,” said Peter Templeton, interim president and CEO of USGBC. “Given the extreme importance of climate protection and the central role buildings play in achieving this, Waters’ commitment to sustainability shows what is possible by being the first chemical manufacturing facility in Massachusetts to be LEED certified.”
To celebrate the success, Dr. Batra on local government, business and academic leaders including Jake Auchincloss, US Rep. 4th District (MA); Marc Pacheco, Dean of the Senate, State Senator for 1St District of Plymouth and Bristol (MA); Shaunna O’Connell, Mayor of the City of Taunton; Elizabeth Beardsley, Senior Policy Counsel, US Green Building Council; and other distinguished guests on September 26 at its Taunton facility in the Myles Standish Industrial Park.
About Waters Corporation (www.waters.com)
Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT), a leading global provider of analytical instruments and software, has been pioneering innovations in chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis serving the life, materials and food sciences for more than 60 years. With more than 7,800 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in more than 35 countries, including 14 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries.
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