DEVENS -- The owners of the former Evergreen Solar Inc. manufacturing facility announced late Monday that Nypro Inc. of Clinton has signed a lease to occupy the remaining 205,095 square feet.
While the press release from the landlord stated that the news would result in 165 new jobs in the region, Al Cotton, a spokesman for Nypro, said the company has not yet determined what the actual number will be.
"It's close to home," Cotton said, when asked about the appeal. "We needed a big building, and this was the closest big building we could find."
Cotton said the building would be used to make medical parts.
"These will be technical positions. We make precision plastics," he said.
Nypro, recently acquired by Florida-based Jabil Circuit Inc., also makes products for customers in the packaging and consumer-electronics industries.
Nypro will occupy about half of the building, in the Barnum Business Park, while Saint-Gobain, a French-based building-materials firm, will continue to occupy the other half.
"This is very exciting news for our community," said Melissa Fetterhoff, president of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, noting how quickly the 448,000-square-foot building was refilled.
Los Angeles-based Hackman Capital Partners, LLC, and Hudson-based Calare Properties Inc. bought the building in April 2012, several months after Evergreen vacated it as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.
The building was constructed in 2008 by Evergreen. When it closed, about 800 workers lost their jobs.
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