MENTOR, OHIO - STERIS Corporation announced in a joint news conference with Ohio Governor Ted Strickland an $11 million investment in a Customer Solutions Center (CSC), a state-of-the-art facility to be built on its Mentor, Ohio campus and designed for direct collaboration with healthcare Customers.
In conjunction with the construction of the CSC, scheduled to open in February, 2011, STERIS will renovate existing Mentor campus buildings to improve organizational alignment and enhance team communication, coordination and collaboration.
"This investment will not only transform the Mentor campus, it will transform the overall experience for our Customers of doing business with STERIS," said Walt Rosebrough, STERIS President and Chief Executive Officer. "This interactive environment will facilitate collaboration between healthcare providers and STERIS experts and enable decision-makers to plan and achieve optimal facility solutions for their projects. We will combine our best technology and our brightest people to help design projects that specifically meet complex healthcare facility requirements and seamlessly incorporate the sophisticated technology being used in today's operating rooms and surgery centers."
Rosebrough added that the project would not have been possible without the support of the State of Ohio and the City of Mentor. "For many years, Ohio leaders have focused on using the state's resources to foster internal growth and to make Ohio even more attractive for outside investment," said Rosebrough. "We also appreciate the strong support we've received from the State and the City of Mentor that has helped us bring additional jobs into Ohio. With our unified STERIS professional team and a first-class facility, we will drive future growth for STERIS and more opportunity for Northeast Ohio." STERIS Announces Customer Solutions Center Page 2
With direct coordination by State Representative Mark A. Schneider, 63rd District, the Ohio Department of Development and the City of Mentor developed a package of grant and tax incentives valued at more than $5 million. The package includes a combination of programs that will offset the design and construction of the CSC building, other facility renovations, the purchase of machinery and equipment, additional parking and the relocation of key functions, resources and other assets from Erie, Pennsylvania.
"I believe in Ohio because of home-grown companies like STERIS that are committed to innovation through life-changing technology," said Strickland. "We are working everyday to lay a foundation for Ohio's growth, and a cornerstone of our plan is to make strategic investments in high-growth industries such as bioscience. Our partnership with STERIS is creating good Ohio jobs that are hard to outsource and strengthening Northeast Ohio's leadership position in the bioscience industry."
"Our community is very proud to be the home of STERIS Corporation and we celebrate their continued success," said Kenneth J. Filipiak, Mentor City Manager. "The City of Mentor is working hard to lower the cost of private investment through our incentive programs and to create a stable, cooperative environment where there is confidence that investment will pay off. The STERIS project and the jobs it will create is a great example of how a public-private partnership should work."
When completed, the CSC will link three existing STERIS buildings together through a newly defined main entrance to the Mentor campus. The facility will be dedicated to real life exhibits of perioperative environments and feature the latest STERIS technology.
"This is an exciting time for our Company," concluded Rosebrough. "The CSC will help STERIS expand and strengthen its competiveness and longstanding leadership in the healthcare industry. It will also allow us to partner with our healthcare Customers in a whole new way to help them protect their workers, improve patient outcomes and save lives."