The Jackson Laboratory Thursday celebrated the completion of the first phase of its new $200 million mouse breeding facility in Ellsworth. Over the next eight years the facility is expected to create up to 350 jobs, and local officials are hailing the new lab as the largest single development project the city has seen in recent years. They also think that the community is poised to benefit from what they hope will be an expanding bio-tech development corridor.
Ellsworth City Manager David Cole says that his community has always embraced its role as a service-centered community for the Downeast region. But the new mouse-breeding facility may signal a new chapter in the story of the city’s future economic development. Read more and listen to the story here.