Lonza plans third Pease building

Lonza Biologics Inc. has announced plans to nearly double its operations at Pease International Tradeport. The firm wants to spend another $200 million to develop a third facility.

Lonza’s director of engineering, John Machulski, has asked the Pease Development Authority board of directors for approval to add another building at the company’s current International Drive location.

Machulski said the plans are to add a “large-scale plant similar to the new building,” which would provide “about 125 new positions.”

By a unanimous vote on Thursday, the PDA board gave its go-ahead for the project; it now awaits action by the city of Portsmouth and the state of New Hampshire.

According to Machulski, Lonza’s plans are to have the proposed facility “at capacity” by 2006.

Machulski said that Lonza’s master plan calls for even further expansion at Pease beyond 2007. The company has an option to develop an additional 23 acres at 70-80 Corporate Drive.

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