Terumo BCT broke ground on its new global headquarters on April 1 — an auspicious day, both for the company’s past and future.
David Perez, president of Terumo, told the crowd in attendance for the event that it was the 50th anniversary of COBE Laboratories, which was started by Bob Collins and Ran Bellows.
Over the following half-century COBE would go through several owners, before being bought by Terumo in 2011.
“That was the start of our story in Lakewood, and we want to build upon the legacy,” Perez said. “You can travel around the world and see our products in use, but we want Lakewood to be our home.”
Terumo is building a 120,000-square-foot global headquarters building on the campus, which is expected to open in 2014. The building is expected to accommodate around 400 employees when it opens.
Last year the company hired around 700 new employees, and 500 were in the Lakewood area.
When finished the company, which is a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies and provides medical technologies and devices internationally, will occupy 90,000-square-feet on its campus.
“This really shows the regional nature of collaboration in the metro area,” Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy said. “It showcases the nature of community expansion and will be a major catalyst for jobs.”
Ron Osborn, chair of the Jeffco EDC, Michelle Hadwiger, director of Business Development with the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and Jeffco commissioner Casey Tighe all spoke at the groundbreaking, and all celebrated the innovation that Terumo brings to its industry and to the area.
“They exemplify our efforts to grow Colorado as a business center,” Hadwiger said.
Perez said there are four key themes that Terumo embraces, and will expand upon in the enlarged campus — global business, innovation, education and of course, the patients.
“We never forget that there is someone very sick who is receiving the treatmenst we are providing,” he said. “Our motto is ‘Unlocking the potential of blood’ and that’s what we work to do every day.”
Features like easy access to the W Rail and surrounding businesses were also cited as key factors in the decision to stay in Lakewood, and that’s something that hasn’t gone unrecognized in the city.
“Businesses support all the other business around here,” said City Manager Kathy Hodgson. “We’re delighted they decided to stay.”
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