Animal health test company Idexx Laboratories opens $35M addition

Idexx's new "Synergy Patio" at its headquarters in MA--Courtesy of Idexx

Idexx Laboratories in April reported a significant boost in Q1 revenues, as it heads toward its 2014 goal of nearly $1.5 billion in sales. With that growth has come hiring and to help accommodate the 240 people it has added in the last two years, it has opened a $35 million campus expansion at its headquarters in Westbrook, ME.

The animal health test and diagnostics company said last week that with the 107,000-square-foot, three-storey facility, its campus now encompasses about 750,000 square feet. The Synergy Center includes both operational space and amenities for employees, like a fitness center. The new facility can accommodate up to 300 employees. Idexx now has 2,100 employees at its world headquarters.

The facility was built with energy efficient design elements, qualifying it as LEED gold certified. That was accomplished by designing it with natural lighting, energy-efficient systems and green roofing materials, and by using locally sourced and largely recycled materials, the company said.

The company has been growing and in April reported first-quarter sales of $360.2 million, up 8% from the same period a year ago. It reported double-digit growth in Europe and Asia Pacific and 8% growth in North America.

- here's the expansion announcement
- here's its Q1 earnings release