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Charles River Labs Brings 500 New Jobs to Northeast Ohio

Charles River Laboratories, specializing in pre-clinical and clinical laboratory services, will invest $212 million to expand its Ashland facility

Tue May 24 2022

Company Name: Charles River Laboratories Ashland, LLC

Location: Ashland

Site Region: Northeast

Country of Origin:

  • Country: United States
  • Region: Northeast Ohio

Industry Sector: Healthcare

Company Profile: Charles River specializes in a variety of pre-clinical and clinical laboratory services for the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries. A CRO, it also supplies assorted R&D outsourcing services to the pharmaceutical industry.

Company Website:

Project Summary:

Type of Project: Expansion


  • Jobs committed: 500
  • Jobs retained: 1070
  • Types of Jobs: Scientists and Technicians

Capital Investment: $212,578,090

Timetable: July 2022

Company Need:

Planned building expansion of approximately 200,000+ sq ft consisting of a two-story vivarium with expanded laboratories and support areas in order to accommodate market demand growth and associated headcount growth while providing additional amenities to increase the employee experience


 "We are excited to announce our latest expansion," said Erica Lashley, Corporate Vice President and Regional General Manager for Charles River Labs. "This will allow us to hire more Ohioans and support our client’s development while positioning Ashland as a community focused on excellence.”

Why Ohio?

Charles River Labs’ critical work advancing human health has been completed in Ashland for more than 40 years.


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