Merieux NutriSciences food testing laboratory business recently began planning its relocation from the southwestern area of Gainesville to a site approximately one mile east of the city's downtown.
The firm’s new 22,700-square-foot space at 2153 Hawthorne Rd. in East Gainesville will be closer to the University of Florida campus and provide room to grow for the lab's various culinary and educational ventures.
“The new lab, joined with the dedicated Gainesville management team and highly skilled staff, will help support the diversified needs of the food industry for years to come,” Jim Miller, president of Merieux NutriSciences North America, said.
The lab's new digs will open in April. Gateway Development and Concept Companies will collaborate in developing the property; additional partners include the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and its adjunct Council for Economic Outreach, Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency and the city of Gainesville.
“Merieux NutriSciences could have chosen to grow in any city it wanted, and we are so pleased that it has chosen to grow in Gainesville,” Rory Causseaux, Council for Economic Outreach chair, said. “Having a leading global food testing innovator such as Merieux NutriSciences is a win for both the company, which stands to benefit from the research and innovation capabilities of the University of Florida, and for our community, for which this announcement represents a new opportunity to build upon its reputation as a leading U.S. agricultural sciences hub.”
In anticipation of the expansion, Merieux NutriSciences bought ABC Research Laboratories in Gainesville in 2015. With the move, the company expects to increase staff from 70 by adding 30 jobs over the next two years.