TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company announced it will invest $65 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art facility in Tucson. The company says this facility will be a hub for the company’s supply chain, serving as a “final-stage manufacturing and sterilization center.”
The company says the new 120,000 square-foot facility will be built on approximately 32 acres at the northeast corner of Valencia and Kolb Road and is planned to be operational in mid-2022. BD plans to add approximately 40 new jobs, including engineers, scientists, quality control specialists and others. Sun Corridor, Inc. projects that BD’s investment will have a $122 million economic impact over the next 10 years.
“Tucson is the ideal location for critical infrastructure and was selected after a careful review of a number of alternative locations in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico,” said Alexandre Conroy, executive vice president, Integrated Supply Chain for BD. “Arizona’s favorable business climate, the strength of its workforce and Tucson’s centrality to other parts of BD’s supply chain were key factors in the decision.”
BD operates more than 90 medical device and health care technology manufacturing and sterilization facilities globally. The company says the Tucson facility will be one of the first in the world with an original design that will meet or exceed the most stringent environmental guidelines and serve as a model for other sites worldwide.
Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO, said, “We’re excited to see global innovator BD select Tucson for this new operation. Arizona has earned a reputation as a hub for biotech and life sciences, thanks to our unique value proposition and the continued investments from industry leaders like BD. We thank the company for its continued commitment to our state.”
Project partners include the Arizona Commerce Authority, City of Tucson, Pima County, Pima Community College, Tucson Electric Power, Southwest Gas, Lumen, Primus Builders, Perry Engineering, Azbil Telstar, Lesni A/S, Advanced Air Technologies, Inc, Cushman & Wakefield/PICOR and JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle).