By Mary Vanac
STERIS Corp. (NYSE:STE) is investing $11 million in a headquarters expansion to create an interactive showcase for its health technologies that it hopes will change the way it works with customers.
The Mentor, Ohio-based sterilization products maker will use more than $5 million in city and state tax incentives to build a customer solutions center and renovate existing buildings to improve organizational efficiency and enhance team communication, coordination and collaboration, according to a press release.
The project also will enable the company to transfer to its Mentor headquarters most of the 240 research and development, equipment planning and design, customer service, training and finance jobs from an Erie, Pa., facility it’s closing.
“This investment will not only transform the Mentor campus, it will transform the overall experience for our customers of doing business with STERIS,” president and CEO Walt Rosebrough said in prepared remarks.
“This interactive environment will facilitate collaboration between healthcare providers and STERIS experts and enable decision-makers to plan and achieve optimal facility solutions for their projects,” Rosebrough said. “We will combine our best technology and our brightest people to help design projects that specifically meet complex healthcare facility requirements and seamlessly incorporate the sophisticated technology being used in today’s operating rooms and surgery centers.”
“Collaboration” has been a growth concept for STERIS in recent years. The company works with GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare and Siemens to create hybrid operating rooms for hospital and surgical center clients.