Last Friday, five officials from Biomerics and the City of Athens ceremonially dug in and threw a shovelful of dirt, and so began a construction project which will mean between 40-60 new jobs for Athens.
"We're kicking off another 24,000 square-foot building that will add 10,000 square feet in manufacturing space so we can keep growing," said Biomerics FMI President Todd McFarland.
The expansion will include professional office space, engineering labs, quality inspection labs, a 10,000 square-foot class 8 clean room, and machining center. Biomerics in Athens (called Biomerics FMI) currently employs 420 people at its five-facility campus.
"Last year was a challenge, as it was for everybody, but we're coming back strong this year. With everything we have in the pipeline, we just expect to grow," McFarland said.
Biomerics has a close relationship with the City of Athens.
“We are excited to expand our footprint in Athens, Texas,” said Travis Sessions, Biomerics CEO. “Biomerics FMI has storied history in this community and we look forward to continuing this legacy.”
Mayor Monte Montgomery called Friday "a great day in the City of Athens."
"During the COVID pandemic, Todd (McFarland) was a true partner with the City," he said.
Athens Economic Development Board President Will Traxson echoed the Mayor's sentiment.
"We've watched a company take extra steps," he said, "to help parents who are working here who have gone through the (4-day school week) changes that we went through in our school district."
"You have been a huge blessing to our community," Traxson said. "We really, truly appreciate what you've done here. We want to continue that support and continue that relationship."
McFarland said the new building should be ready to occupy in October.
Pictured (Left to right) Mayor Monte Montgomery, Todd McFarland, and Will Traxson