PEPPERELL -- Masy Systems Inc. in Lomar Park is expanding its square footage and its staff.
Owners John and Laurie Masiello recently purchased the building that houses Unitec Engineering, at 27 Lomar Park Drive to add onto their existing office space at 10 Lomar Park, across the street.
The price was $1.27 million, according to a listing in Banker & Tradesman.
Masy Systems is a privately-held company that provides validation and calibration services for companies that need to store sensitive equipment under regulated conditions, including medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and blood samples.
Renovations are expected to begin this month, with the lab functioning by the summer. Employees will be relocated in phases.
The Masiellos began Masy Systems 30 years ago out of their basement. It has served such biotech giants as Bristol-Myers Squibb Merck and Pfizer. Seeing the business grow, they said, has been rewarding as they continue to respond to customer demand.
"Most labs have no room for growth. We can start with a blank slate of what we can do to make our efficiency and environment world-class," John Masiello said.
In addition to doubling their work space, the expansion is also allowing them to hire new employees, with about 10 open positions available.
"We're trying to give work to Lomar Park, work to Pepperell and work to Massachusetts," Laurie Masiello said.
The location in Lomar Park has made growth easier, John Masiello said, allowing the company to expand as new spaces become vacant.
"This gives us the flexibility to be able to grow like no other lab we've ever seen," he said.
Branden Morris, Masy's director of marketing, said the new building will house the company's calibration department. Calibration's move out of 10 Lomar Park will allow the cold-storage space within the existing space to increase.
"It gives us a lot of open square footage that we will have to reconfigure to our particular needs," Morris said.
Morris said the group's location in Pepperell has been a major asset.
"Massachusetts is a big biotech hub, so there are lots of companies that need to store things in a regulated facility," he said. "Pepperell's kind of in that sweet spot of being close enough to Boston to be able to easily transport, but far enough away to not have to pay Boston rents. It gives customers the options they need at a relatively low price while still being accessible," Morris said.
The new space, he said, will allow the company to continue to expand.
"More space gives us more options to serve our customers," Morris said.
Laurie Masiello said the retiring owners of Unitec, John and Kathy Vincent, from whom they bought the building, would be missed.
"They've been great neighbors and great supporters of Lomar Park. We're sorry to see them go, but happy to see we're growing and can fill our need," she said.
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