Metrohm USA, the North American subsidiary of a major Swiss manufacturer, is expanding its operations in the Tampa Bay region. The company broke ground on a new state-of-the-art facility in Riverview Feb. 24 that will cost nearly $20 million.
“We’ve just outgrown our current space. When we moved in here we were a much smaller operation,” explains Dr. Michael Allen, the company’s VP of Marketing.
Metrohm, founded in 1943 in Herisau, Switzerland, makes high-precision instruments used in chemical analysis.
Metrohm USA, which opened to Riverview in 2009, currently employs about 90 in sales support roles in 55,000 square feet at 6555 Pelican Creek Circle. The staff count rises to 250 including those in the field serving the United States, Canada, and parts of Mexico.
The new facility, at 9250 Camden Field Parkway in Riverview, will contain 90,000 square feet. The new headquarters is expected to be ready for move in next January.
Plans call for laboratories designed for innovation and collaboration, training facilities, engineering and machining facilities, and distribution. The layout is intended to enhance creativity and teamwork and includes meeting rooms to support up to 200.
Allen says company will probably bring in a dozen new employees during the first two or three years after the move. “The jobs that we’ll be adding are going to be mixed,” he says.
Some are expected to be more lucrative technical jobs. The new positions are likely to include finance, marketing, and warehousing.
Allen says they always have jobs
. “Right now we have 17 open positions,” he adds.