State officials spent Monday afternoon in Winooski, tightening some of the first bolts on a 90,000-square-foot expansion of a major scientific device manufacturer.
BioTek is expanding on its own property in the local industrial park. The expansion will help the company keep up with demand for its live cell fluorescent microscopes, which scientists often use to research new drugs.
The company has just reached $1 billion in annual sales, according to President Briar Alpert. In seven years, Alpert said, the company expects to double that.
“But if not for the dedicated, creative, hardworking people who work for BioTek, we would not be here today,” Alpert said. “No one is more ingenious than the Vermont worker.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Gov. Peter Shumlin, also a Democrat, and Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who is running for governor, all attended the groundbreaking for BioTek’s expansion.
Leahy praised Alpert for keeping the company headquartered in the state. “Vermont’s a great place to invest,” Leahy said. “It’s a great place to grow operations, and it’s a great place to raise families.”
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