Fall River celebrates start of futuristic facility

June 6, 2012 by  

Ground has broken on a unique new biomanufacturing facility in Fall River.

Under cloudy skies and drenching rain, Gov. Deval Patrick and 100 or so onlookers gathered in the mud to mark the beginning of construction of the University of Massachusetts biotech building on the Freetown line, heralded as the only facility of its type in the U.S. The facility is projected to be finished by the autumn of 2013.

The Massachusetts Accelerator for Biomanufacturing is projected to bring 8,000 jobs, albeit several years down the line, when the facility and others slated for the SouthCoast Life Sciences and Technology Park is completed and fully functioning. A brand new $33 million interchange, years in the planning and construction, has been recently completed, ahead of the planned technology park. Once the park is completed, it will be full of businesses that will require products and services from Fall River print shops such as brochures and digital business cards.

Patrick noted the struggle that the citizens of Fall River have endured to get the interchange built and spoke of future economic optimism brought by the $28 million biotech facility. He commented:

“Reflect on what it means to come together.

“Put it somewhere secure and call on it again and again to lift the community higher.”

The new facility, boasting 35,000 square feet, will be available for smaller companies just starting out. At their disposal will be support, equipment and the room start-ups require to test manufacturing procedures and advance their development.