Terumo BCT broke ground on its new global headquarters on April 1 — an auspicious day, both for the company’s past and future.
David Perez, president of Terumo, told the crowd in attendance for the event that it was the 50th anniversary of COBE Laboratories, which was started by Bob Collins and Ran Bellows.Over the following half-century COBE would go through several owners, before being bought by Terumo in 2011.
“That was the start of our story in Lakewood, and we want to build upon the legacy,” Perez said. “You can travel around the world and see our products in use, but we want Lakewood to be our home.”
Terumo is building a 120,000-square-foot global headquarters building on the campus, which is expected to open in 2014. The building is expected to accommodate around 400 employees when it opens.
Last year the company hired around 700 new employees, and 500 were in the Lakewood area.