Waters Announces Bay State’s First LEED Certified Chemical Manufacturing Facility
MILFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), a global leader in analytical instruments and software, today announced that its new precision chemical manufacturing facility in Taunton, Mass., has achieved LEED certification. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The products produced in this plant are essential for thousands of laboratories that guarantee the quality and safety of medicines, food and water for millions of people around the world.
Designated by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Waters’ Taunton site is the first and only LEED-certified chemical manufacturing facility in Massachusetts and one of a small number of LEED-certified industrial manufacturing projects in the United States. . The site nearly triples the making of Waters. footprint, has already created 25 new jobs and provides growth capacity for years to come.
To meet growing customer demand, achieve higher levels of operational efficiency, and continue its commitment to sustainable growth, Waters has invested more than $215 million since 2018 to build this state-of-the-art plant as a center of excellence. Manufacturing.
“The materials produced at Waters’ Taunton facility are at the heart of the science that goes into the development and testing of vaccines and mRNA therapies such as those designed to prevent and treat COVID and 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 achieve LEED certification, we are proud to lead the way in helping to improve our environment, the health and well-being of our communities, and ensuring that the life sciences industry continues to thrive in Massachusetts.
The 140,000 square foot chemical manufacturing facility is built on a site adjacent to where Waters has been producing laboratory supplies and chemical consumables since 1976. In this facility, Waters manufactures chromatographic particles which are the backbone of its chemical consumables business and are responsible for over $300 million in annual recurring revenue. Specifically, it synthesizes chromatographic media used by thousands of analytical laboratories around the world to support research, development, and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, materials, foods, and to support clinical diagnostics. and biomedical research.
Knowing that typical chemical manufacturing plants use large volumes of energy and water, Waters’ facility incorporates many innovative features designed to reduce environmental impact, including:
State-of-the-art on-site industrial waste containment and treatment technology designed to reduce overall building emissions by an estimated factor of six compared to the former Waters manufacturing facility;
Wastewater recycling technology that collects and filters wastewater for use in property irrigation, air conditioning and building toilets;
Additionally, the building’s LEED design is optimized for energy efficiency and indoor air quality, incorporating building materials that promote sustainability.
“Waters has shown through its investment and design that in addition to creating jobs and supporting life sciences, chemical manufacturing plants can be a model of environmental sustainability,” said U.S. Representative Jake Auchincloss. (D-MA).
“Achieving LEED certification is about more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and inspiring others to do better,” said Peter Templeton, USGBC Interim President and CEO. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role that buildings play in this effort, Waters’ commitment to sustainability shows what is possible by being the first chemical manufacturing plant of Massachusetts to be LEED certified.”
To celebrate this achievement, Dr. Batra hosted leaders from local government, business and academia, including Jake Auchincloss, U.S. Representative for the 4th District (MA); Marc Pacheco, Dean of the Senate, State Senator for 1st District of Plymouth and Bristol (Massachusetts); Shaunna O’Connell, Mayor of the Town of Taunton; Elizabeth Beardsley, Senior Policy Advisor, US Green Building Council; and other esteemed guests on September 26 at its Taunton factory in the Myles Standish Industrial Park.
About Waters Corporation (www.waters.com)
Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), a global leader in analytical instruments and software, has pioneered innovations in chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis serving the life sciences, materials and food for over 60 years. With over 7,800 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in over 35 countries, including 14 manufacturing plants, and with products available in over 100 countries.
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