ST. CLOUD - A St. Cloud based worldwide supplier of microorganisms and lab-testing equipment is expanding.

Microbiologics Inc. is building a 30,000 square foot addition at its St. Cloud headquarters. CEO Brad Goskowicz says the expansion will create around 35 jobs.

"We get about half of our revenue from outside the U.S. we're in 142 different countries around the world, we're really proud to bring those dollars back to Central Minnesota. As a result, those dollars go into new jobs and new positions."

Submitted photo from Microbiologics

The company will invest $7.24 million on the project, which will include new research labs and production facilities. New offices for sales, marketing and administrative work are also being planned.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is supporting the project with a $182,000 grant from the job creation fund. Microbiologics will receive the funding once they complete their job and investment commitments.

Microbiologics was originally named Environmental Protection Laboratories. It was founded in 1971 to provide labratory-testing services for detecting microbial contamination in water, the environment and in food products.

The company has doubled its revenue in the past four years and now employs around 100 people in St. Cloud, specializing in producing microorganisms and lab-testing products.

"Bacteria, yeast, funguses, parasites and viruses: microorganisms like that and we put them into stable and easy to use formats to be used in quality control labs," Goskowicz says.

Microbiologics also has a facility in Lexington, Kentucky that employs 23 people.

For more, you can visit their website.