During the November Mebane City Council on Monday, representative for developer Al Neyer announced the company that will occupy building one of the 6016 West Ten Road project.
In February, the Mebane City Council approved the project, annexing the roughly 47-acre property, which is in Orange County, into the city and approving the construction of two buildings, together totaling around 675,000 square feet.
Thermo Fisher Scientific will occupy one of the buildings, which is approximately 375,000 square feet, on the site, the Mebane Enterprise learned on Monday.
Justin Parker, market leader in Raleigh for Al Neyer, told the council that Thermo Fisher Scientific, an American company specializing in the “combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands,” has chosen to occupy one of the West Ten building beginning in August 2022.
During the October Mebane Planning Board meeting, Parker hinted at a major corporation looking at the 6016 West Ten site but didn’t announce which company, as nothing was official at that time. Sometime prior to Monday’s meeting, though, it did become official.
“Thermo Fisher Scientific is a Fortune 100 company, they're a global leader serving the science community, and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome them to Mebane and they're going to be a fantastic corporate citizen,” Parker said.
Parker went on to explain exactly what Thermo Fisher will be using the space for.
“This a new, state-of-the-art energy efficient manufacturing facility for pipette tips, which are used in viral disease research and in high volumes for processing of diagnostic tests nationally, including Covid-19 during the pandemic,” he said. “This new center of excellence in laboratory consumables manufacturing and operations will be designed in line with Thermo Fisher's carbon neutrality goals.”
Additionally, Parker noted that the company’s expansion to Mebane is expected to add “hundreds of jobs” and that there is a potential for more expansion in this region.
The site plan for the future Thermo Fisher Scientific building has been altered since February. Originally, plans called for the building to be a “cross dock facility,” meaning truck docks would be located on the north and south ends of the building.
Now, the building will feature only one truck dock with the other previously designated area being used for parking instead.
“I can't draw a direct one-to-one correlation between our removing the dock doors and what that will do to traffic impacts,” Parker said. “But it certainly implies that, at least, the volume of large truck traffic will be significantly lower than what we first thought at that site.”
Parker said there will be more information from Thermo Fisher coming soon, but said that, from what he’s heard, some of the reasons for the company’s expansion to Mebane
Those reasons are as follows: the amenities available, the site’s proximity to the city’s downtown, Mebane’s diverse workforce and, finally, the fact that the West Ten site is “ready to get on their timeframe.”
This is a developing story, as soon as any new information is learned, it will be reported by the Mebane Enterprise.