Greiner Bio One holds grand opening for new facility

May. 10, 2013 @ 02:29 PM

On May 3, Greiner Bio-One celebrated the grand opening of its new facility while at the same time hosted an employee appreciation day.

The business, which provides product manufacturing, distribution logistics and product application support to customers in Life Science and Clinical Laboratories through its BioScience and Preanalytic business units, has been in Monroe since 2000.

The facility the company held its grand opening for May 3 was a new 99,000 square foot manufacturing facility at 4238 Capital Drive in Monroe.

"The project team did a great job to complete this wonderful, state of the art building and not only completed the building on time, it was also within budget," Harald Gruellenberger, executive vice president of operations for Greiner Bio-One, said.

Initial drawings of the new facility were developed in March of 2011 and construction of it was completed near the end of 2012, Gruellenberger said.

In addition to Gruellenberger, AC Marchionne, president of sales and marketing and chairman of the management board at Greiner Bio-One as well as Mayor Bobby Kilgore of Monroe, spoke at the grand opening/employee appreciation event that included a ribbon cutting and various games and activities for the company's employees.

"The company has grown extensively during the last 13 years," Marchionne, said to attendees of the facility's grand opening event.

In 2010 he began working with Greiner Bio-One and since he's been with the company, it has built a new warehouse and has continually grown despite recent economic concerns. The company also has plans to continue adding jobs in the upcoming years, Marchionne said.

"By investing in our communities and in our people, we are building strong foundations not only for our own colleagues but also in Union County and the state of North Carolina," he said.

Kilgore commented on Greiner Bio-One's support for the local community during his speech May 3.

"When I look at this beautiful building, I see more than just steel, glass and concrete, I see Greiner's commitment to Monroe," Kilgore said in reference to the company's new manufacturing facility.

One of the reasons why Greiner Bio-One originally chose to come to Monroe was the supportive atmosphere it encountered and an ideal location it found on which it could construct its facilities. The support of Monroe, the county and other members of the community is one of the reasons why the company has chosen to continue to stay in Monroe, Gruellenberger said.

For more information about Greiner Bio-One visit http:// us.gbo.com.

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