PEABODY — When an ink and paint plant exploded in Danversport in 2006, it devastated the surrounding neighborhood and also blew out the windows of Doe & Ingalls chemical warehouse across the street.
Thanks to the efforts of local and state officials, and the safety practices of Doe & Ingalls, the operation was up and running a week later, said Todd Newsome, the company’s environmental, health, safety and security manager.
Now the business has moved to a new, state-of-the-art home — far from the densely settled industrial and residential neighborhood in Danvers. In the process, it revived a vacant industrial building in Peabody’s Centennial Park.
Last week, representatives of ThermoFisher Scientific, which acquired Doe & Ingalls a couple of years ago, joined local executives and workers to cut the ribbon on their new, 56,000-square-feet distribution facility in the former Boston Acoustics building at 300 Jubilee Drive. This massive building had been empty for approximately five years.
Company officials gave tours to customers and local and city officials. Also on hand were representatives of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and Ann Struthers, director of strategic initiatives for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. State Rep. Leah Cole of Peabody even presented company officials with a citation from the House of Representatives.
“It’s a great example of adaptive reuse of a very large and unique building,” said Karen Sawyer, Peabody’s director of Community Development and Planning. “I think it will lend to bringing in further tenants and further interest in life sciences and advanced manufacturing. It’s great we have this kind of presence in Peabody.”
The facility is called the Northeast cGMP chemical distribution facility (cGMP stands for Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration). It consolidates two smaller Doe & Ingalls operations, the one in Danvers and one in Medford. About 25 workers are employed at the new facility.