Mesa Laboratories, a Colorado-based manufacturing company, is expanding its Bozeman presence with a new 100,000-square-foot building near Four Corners.

The $10 to $15 million project, set to be completed by the end of the year, will relocate Mesa from its current offices on Evergreen Drive north of Interstate 90 to a lot adjacent to Zoot Enterprises.

“We’re busting at the seams at the current location and that’s inhibiting our ability to expand our manufacturing facilities,” said Garrett Krushefski, Mesa’s senior vice president of operations. “It’s been obvious we’re running out of space over there, so a nice new space that gives them some elbow room; the staff is excited about it.”

The company — which employs a combined 300 workers with facilities in Nebraska, Canada and France — came to Bozeman in 2010 after it acquired fellow biological manufacturer SGM Biotech and moved into its building. But the 23,000-square-foot space was never suited for Mesa’s needs, Krushefski said.

“To put it bluntly, we were dressing up a pig in a nice, pretty dress,” he said.

The company purchased the Four Corners land in 2014 and worked with local firms Miller Construction and Axis Architecture to develop the new facility, which includes room for additional growth.

“A lot of (the building) will not be finished out. It will be enclosed, but we won’t be utilizing it,” said Krushefski, adding that the space would be reserved “for future growth.” Once the transition is complete, Mesa plans to sell its current building.

The $300 million company, founded in 1982, manufactures quality control instruments and disposable products for health and medical services. The 60-employee Bozeman facility will manufacture test kits for ensuring the efficacy of equipment sterilizers used by hospitals, dentist offices and tattoo parlors. The new building will also include space for research and development, as well as a warehouse for storage.

While the company has no plans to add employees during the move, the prospect of future growth is a positive for the Gallatin Valley, Krushefski said.

“Additional jobs will come with natural acquisition and the organic growth of the product and business,” he said. “And with organic growth there’s potential for added employees in the area.”

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