JUNE 12, 2008 — CROWN POINT, IN — MicroWorks Inc., a microbiology consulting and training firm, has announced it will expand its laboratory, manufacturing, and distribution center in Crown Point, IN, creating up to 19 new jobs by 2011.
The firm, which provides its training and consulting services to pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers across the country, will invest $1.6 million to purchase an existing 10,000 sq. ft. facility at 2200 W. 97th Place to house its expanded operations.
“MicroWorks is a home-grown Indiana company and a prime example of an entrepreneurial life sciences business that is investing in Indiana and creating jobs for hard-working Hoosiers,” says Governor Mitch Daniels.
MicroWorks, which currently employs six associates, plans to begin hiring lab technicians and clerical staff immediately to coincide with the new facility’s opening later this summer. The company also plans to hire microbiologists and warehouse positions by the end of 2009.
The expansion comes less than three months after the company launched its MicroWorks Swab Sampling System, a system that replaces traditional swab methods and contact plates typically used in recovering microorganisms from environmentally controlled cleanrooms.
“Northwest Indiana was the right place for our growing business due to the close proximity to major markets such as Indianapolis and Chicago and our central location in the country,” says Dawn McIver, founder and chief executive of MicroWorks. “The timing for this expansion was coordinated with the launch of our new product and the current regulatory atmosphere towards upcoming rapid microbiological methods, which we plan to offer to our clients.”
Founded in 1996, the company has built its business around providing training and performing projects for companies across the pharmaceutical industry, including environmental monitoring programs, disinfectant qualification, and contamination control.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered MicroWorks Inc. up to $32,500 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The City of Crown Point will consider property tax abatement.
“This development is reducing blight and creating quality career opportunities for our local workforce,” says Crown Point Mayor David Uran. “We celebrate this as a community and are proud that MicroWorks is calling Crown Point home.”
MicroWorks, Inc. is a microbiological consulting and training firm that was established to assist pharmaceutical manufacturers in the completion of their studies. The company, which operates out of 10,000 sq. ft. of laboratory and office space in Crown Point, IN, provides a full range of microbiological services including, consulting, training, monitoring, and equipment validation.