Washington, D.C. — According to a recent announcement by Maine’s U.S. Senators, some of the food for research mice at The Jackson Laboratory will soon be manufactured in Maine.
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced last week that $1,600,000 has been awarded to the Southern Aroostook Development Corporation (SADC) to assist in the construction of a manufacturing food-processing plant in Houlton. This funding has been awarded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and is expected to create 17 new jobs in southern Aroostook County.
“This facility will create new job opportunities in Aroostook County’s already vibrant agricultural industry, while also spurring manufacturing growth and building Maine’s economy,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement.
This project will support the construction of a 12,000 square-foot murine food production facility in the Houlton Industrial Park, which is expected to manufacture four million pounds of laboratory research food annually for large research laboratories in Maine and California, including The Jackson Laboratory’s facilities in Ellsworth and Bar Harbor. This project was spearheaded through the regional planning efforts led by SADC.