Biomedical Manufacturer to Expand in Indianapolis

Oct. 19, 2010
Company is expanding for the third time in four years.

Beckman Coulter Inc., a Brea, Calif.-based manufacturer of biomedical test instruments and supplies, announced that it will expand its Indianapolis operations, creating up to 95 new jobs by 2013.

The company, which develops, manufactures and markets testing instruments and supplies for hospital laboratories as well as scientific research and drug discovery, will invest more than $18.2 million to add new equipment at its West 76th Street facility, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Beckman Coulter is expanding for the third time in the last four years. Since 2007, the company has grown by over 350%, adding 390 new jobs in Indianapolis.

Beckman Coulter, which has been in Indianapolis since acquiring a locally based high-tech startup in December 1996, plans to begin hiring additional employees immediately. The company will hire new employees at both Beckman Coulter's West 76th Street facility and its 5550 Lakeview Parkway operations.

"The state of Indiana's strategic intent to focus on life sciences and advanced manufacturing aligns with our business objectives," said Lori Gabrek, general manager at Beckman Coulter. "The area offers a favorable business environment and lower total cost of operations, plus a local workforce with strong skills in both engineering and manufacturing. Our operations here have become a 'center of excellence' for our discovery productsthose developed for life science research and drug discovery."

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Beckman Coulter up to $800,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $300,000 in training grants based on the company's job-creation plans. The city of Indianapolis and Develop Indy will support property tax abatement for Beckman Coulter before the Metropolitan Development Commission.

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A lifelong resident of the Buckeye State, Josh currently lives in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. When the weather cooperates, you’ll find him riding his bike to work, exercising his green thumb in the backyard or playing ultimate Frisbee.  

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