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COLUMBUS, DUBLIN AND WEST JEFFERSON, OHIO — Battelle, a Columbus-based nonprofit organization specializing in science and research, will invest $200 million in the construction and renovation of various central Ohio facilities.

“We continue to advance science and accelerate our development of innovative products, services and solutions in the areas of energy, national security, and the health and life sciences,” says Jeff Wadsworth, president of Battelle.

In West Jefferson, a new 160,000-square-foot health and life sciences research laboratory is slated to open in 2011. It will be used for biomedical research and development.

At the company’s main campus in Columbus, Battelle will be modernizing and renovating its offices and laboratories to incorporate energy efficient features. Several projects will be built to LEED specifications.

With plans to renew the lease at its production facilities campus in Dublin, Battelle looks to expand light manufacturing capacity and increase production of electronic components. These items are used for energy efficiency, within the medical community and by U.S. military forces.

The company employs approximately 20,000 people and will also break ground on a 16,000-square-foot childcare facility for its employees’ children at the Columbus location.

All of the projects are expected be completed within 3 years and will create more than 200 science and research jobs.

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