Mettler Toledo to build new 250,000-square-foot facility in Lutz
NEW PORT RICHEY — Mettler Toledo, an international supplier of precision scales and instruments for laboratory, food-retailing and other industrial uses, is moving to Pasco County.
The company and Pasco County officials are to announce the move at a 9 a.m. press conference. The Ohio-based company, which also has international headquarters in Switzerland, plans to build a new 250,000-square-foot building in the Northpointe Village complex in Lutz, next to the Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54 interchange.
The company's product inspection division already has a presence in the Tampa Bay area, operating in industrial space on Benjamin Road in northwest Hillsborough. That division provides end-of-line inspection systems used for producing and packaging food, pharmaceuticals and other products.
The company said Its instruments are used in research and development, quality control, production, logistics and retail. That can range from devices measuring the acidity of beer to real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development.
Mettler Toledo has approximately 13,500 employees about half of which provide sales, marketing and has approximately 13,500 employees about half of which provide sales, marketing and service in 39 countries. Its manufacturing operations are in the U.S., Europe and China and its sales mirror that geographic diversification with 39 percent of its business coming from North and South America, 32 percent from Europe and 29 percent from Asia and other countries.
Bill Cronin, president and CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council, had hinted at a major announcement during an April appearance before the Pasco County Commission. At the time, Cronin noted the county had created 81 new jobs in the first six months of the fiscal year, but he predicted it would meet or surpass its goal of attracting 600 new jobs by Oct. 1.
Prior to Tuesday, that tally stood at 358 jobs at a dozen projects previously announced by the EDC including a still undisclosed testing/training manufacturer, described only as Project Remus, that will add 100 jobs in nearly 30,000 square feet of space in Lutz.