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Leading Research Company Expanding in Allen County, Adding More than 100 Jobs

A global leader providing preclinical and clinical lab services for the biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical industries has announced a $43 million investment at its Allen County facility.

Tue Feb 08 2022

Company Name: Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Location: Spencerville
Site Region: Northwest
Industry Sector: Healthcare
Company Profile: Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is a provider of preclinical and clinical lab services for the biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. They offer various products/services that span the entire drug discovery & development continuum. Charles River Labs supports the development of more than 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA over the last three years.
Company Website:

Project Summary:

Type of Project: Expansion


  • Types of jobs: Research and technical staff support positions
  • Jobs committed: 105
  • Jobs retained: 224

Capital Investment: $38,964,150

Timetable: Construction should be completed and ready for occupancy by July 2023.

Company Need:

A 32-room expansion is driven by a substantial growth in demand for services, as well as an effort to improve the use/efficiency of the existing space.  The expansion will primarily house larger species, freeing up ~12 animal rooms/month in the existing facility to accommodate other species, which is a better use of the existing space.

“Workforce is the critical component in the required drug development process, we have a large number of universities we can draw technical staff from, and we’ve always had success attracting PhD-level talent.”
Rusty Rush
Site Director of Charles River Laboratories

Why Ohio?

In choosing to expand in Spencerville, Rush cited the company’s outstanding and experienced workforce, as well as the pipeline of talent coming from the regional universities, as contributing factors in its site location decision.



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