Burlington welcomes medical sterilization company Steri-Tek to East Coast, with $71 million investment over five years



Steri-Tek selects Burlington for first East Coast facility 
Company to build a sterilization facility for medical devices and sensitive materials

BURLINGTON, NC— Steri-Tek, an electron beam and x-ray sterilization company, announced this week that the company will establish its first East Coast facility in Burlington, North Carolina. 

The company plans to construct a 150,000 square-foot facility on a 13-acre site at 1404 Anthony Road, investing $71 million in real and personal property and creating 50 jobs with an average annual wage of $56,800. 

Founded in 2016 in Fremont, California, Steri-Tek provides X-ray and E-beam sterilization services for complex medical devices and sensitive biologic materials. The company counts as customers several industries, including medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and tissue industries. 

future industrial park In addition to constructing their own facility, Steri-Tek will purchase an additional 72 acres adjacent to their building with plans to develop a life sciences-focused industrial park. There is potential for four additional building sites to be developed, serving as a longer-term opportunity to support new life sciences investment in Burlington.

The company and the City recognize the tremendous added value this future industrial park provides for other companies that utilize the research and development, testing, validation, and production services Steri-Tek provides. Further, the investment will build on an already thriving life sciences cluster within the Piedmont Triad and Research Triangle Park regions. 

Burlington Mayor Jim Butler celebrated Steri-Tek’s decision to locate in Burlington and the potential to land more like businesses, saying: "The City of Burlington is pleased to be the east coast home of Steri-Tek, and we are excited for the future of the life sciences industrial park surrounding this campus. It took teamwork and collaboration between many governmental agencies to secure this project and we are appreciative of everyone involved."

“It’s an honor to welcome Steri-Tek to Alamance County.” Reagan C. Gural, President & CEO of the Alamance Chamber added. “This project is a shining example of the collaboration happening across Alamance County for the benefit of economic development. The Chamber was proud to partner with the City of Burlington and Alamance County to successfully secure this great project.” 

Lewisville facilityThis project was made possible in part by the One North Carolina Fund of $95,000 from the North Carolina Department of Commerce to help with Steri-Tek’s location to North Carolina. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments in a performance-based grant to help attract economic investment and create jobs.

Image Source: Bob Moore Construction 

The project has also received financial assistance from the North Carolina Community College System to be used for a Customized Training Program at Alamance Community College. The funding is designed to train workers locally to work at the facility to be adept at the different skills that sterilization will require and is an opportunity for the company to hire locally in the initial hiring process for the company. 

“Alamance Community College is excited to welcome SteriTek, Inc. to Burlington, NC. Alamance Community College is committed to supporting our local Biotechnology partners, such as Steri-Tek, through customized training and our Biotechnology Center for Excellence to ensure continual access to a talented and qualified workforce,” said Dr. Algie Gatewood, President of Alamance Community College. 

Incentive funding will be granted to the company upon the completion of construction work and meeting job creation goals. Steri-Tek plans to begin operations at the Burlington facility in early 2024. 

The City of Burlington Economic Development office worked closely with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, NC Department of Commerce, NC Department of Transportation, Alamance County, the Alamance Chamber Economic Development Foundation and Duke Energy to secure this life sciences project.

Media inquiries should be directed to Burlington Economic Development Director Peter Bishop at PBishop@BurlingtonNC.gov or at (336) 222-5147.


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