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MilliporeSigma gets the OK from Jaffrey Planning Board to expand

  • An engineer for the MilliporeSigma expansion, Robert M. MacCormack presents the project to the Jaffrey Planning Board Tuesday night. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Jaffrey Planning Board member reviews plans for an expansion of MilliporeSigma at Tuesday night's planning board meeting. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/11/2019 11:37:53 PM

The Jaffrey Planning Board unanimously approved an expansion of the manufacturing facilities at MilliporeSigma Tuesday night.

The building expansion would add 35,800 square feet to the Prescott Road manufacturing facility, but is not expected to increase jobs.

“We are not purposefully adding employees. This is a consolidation of the labs and allowing for a better flow of product while we’re manufacturing,” George Carmichael, senior project engineer for Millipore Corporation, said after the approval Tuesday night.

The additional lab and manufacturing space includes a 24,200 square foot single-story addition and an 11,600 square foot two-story construction.

“Millipore’s been quickly growing, the demand for its product is increasing,” engineer Robert M. MacCormack told the Planning Board Tuesday night. “At the moment the product that we’re trying to expand is in the center of the building.”

MacCormack, a principal for the engineering firm AVID Engineers, presented the project for MilliporeSigma Tuesday night.

The plan is to create space in the front of the building where the lab and research and development facilities can be relocated and updated, he said.

“And once we do that we can free up space along the perimeter,” MacCormack said.

The freed up space would then be used to expand the facilities clean rooms and add tools to increase its manufacturing capacity.

Board member Edward Merrell asked if laboratory work would change or increase its use of “hazardous materials.”

“The laboratory functionality is the same. … It’s the same process, same function, different location.” MacCormack said. “And we verify that what material we have in place doesn’t trip what we call the maximum allowable quantity. It’s all within the limit for standard heath.”

The Planning Board first approved a reduction in the setback from the required 100-feet to a 92-foot setback. After which the board unanimously approved the the expansion.

The parking lot would be reconfigured to accommodate the expansion with a plan that took into account feedback from town fire department officials and other town staff.

Jaffrey director of planning and economic development Jo Anne Carr said MilliporeSigma is losing 26 parking spaces in the process.

Carmichael said, outside of the meeting, after approval that the project is expected to start in about 6 months and is expected to be completed about a year after that.

While this project would not increase staff, Carr said, based on ongoing conversations between Jaffrey town staff and Millipore representatives a plan to increase its workforce is coming in the near future.

At Peterborough’s May Town Meeting last month, Carr said the town of Jaffrey is interested in sharing a new water source with Peterborough because MilliporeSigma would need an increased capacity for water because of a future planned expansion that includes increasing its workforce by about 300 employees.

MacCormack said Millipore currently employees about 930 people at its Jaffrey facility.

Carmichael said the expansion approved Tuesday night would not increase the facility’s water and sewer needs.

MilliporeSigma, which is part of a Massachusetts-based company, is a life sciences instrument manufacturing center located at 11 Prescott Road in Jaffrey.


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