Jackson Lab Breaks Ground On New Facility 

Wednesday the folks at Jackson Lab broke ground on a new facility to advance their research with mice. The state is picking up half the cost and lab officials say it wouldn’t have happened without that.The building will be used to freeze mice embryos for later use as well as prepare other mice for research at the lab. Jackson Lab had hit a rough patch financially but seems to have turned the corner, and lab officials say the new facility should help them further stimulate the local economy. “We’ll employ probably, at the end of the day, 100 people in the building,” says CEO/VP Chuck Hewett, “that’s 100 jobs, folks that pay income tax, spend money in town, we make payroll in 70 different zip codes in the state of Maine so we think it spreads around pretty well.”