By John Laferriere
The Middlesex 3 Coalition held a “What’s Happening in Middlesex 3” event at Instrumentation Laboratory in Bedford on 8 February 2018.
Stephanie Cronin, the Executive Director of Middlesex 3 Coalition, welcomed over 40 attendees and started off the presentations. Describing Middlesex 3 as “a regional partnership of nine Middlesex County communities and leaders from business, academia, real estate, finance, healthcare, nonprofits and local, state and federal governments working together to advocate and to improve the economic vitality along the Route 3 corridor”, the Middlesex 3 Coalition holds these events to present and highlight development projects and initiatives in the Middlesex 3 communities and businesses.
Ramon Benet, CEO of Instrumentation Laboratory, gave an overview of the company, which moved onto the former Raytheon facility on Hartwell Road in 2009. Instrumentation Laboratory is a leading developer, manufacturer, and distributor of In-Vitro diagnostic testing instruments, reagents, and data management solutions used around the world in acute care hospital settings. Their Hartwell Road operation is a 400,000 square foot facility employing almost 900 people and manufacturing products that generated $1.1 billion in sales in 2017.
Presentations by Bedford’s Alyssa Sandoval, Economic Development Director, and Richard Reed, Town Manager, highlighted the support and resources available to small businesses interested in coming to Bedford, as well as projects and initiatives to attract businesses and workers to Bedford, including the Great Road rezoning project and marketing initiative, the Middlesex 3 TMA commuter shuttle, and the bicycle and pedestrian master plan, including the Minuteman Bikeway extension to the Concord town line. The Middlesex Turnpike improvement project was reviewed as was the availability of commercial space on Crosby Drive.
Finally, attendees were given a tour of Instrumentation Laboratory manufacturing operations, where their advanced diagnostic testing instruments are assembled and tested.
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