Millipore plant growing in Jaffrey

Look for more high-tech employment in Jaffrey once the Millipore Corp's plant expansion is completed next year.

The company broke ground yesterday on a new $30 million addition to its current plant, in order to produce more ultra-filtration membranes for use in pharmaceutical and life science research; essentially, the company manufactures the filters and related technology that keeps bio-science research going.

"This is high-tech, cutting edge work," said Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, who was invited to lead the ceremonies. "This company is committed to its people and to the community. This project will be a clear success due to the cooperative effort that everyone is putting into it."

The current plant was opened in 1972, and has expanded since then to cover 177,000 square feet. The new two-story expansion adds another 42,000 square feet.

"We expect it to create more than 30 new high-tech jobs, which means expanded opportunities, not only for Millipore's Jaffrey employees, but for other people in the local communities as well," said Jaffrey plant manager Tim Hines.

The state played an important role in making the expansion happen in Jaffrey, according to state industrial representative Michael Bergeron. Millipore is based in Bedford, MA; components made in Jaffrey are shipped there for final manufacture.

by Stephen Seitz, Union Leader Corp 8/3/02