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Expanded Sterigenics facility expected to create 20 new jobs

Sterigenics, a medical sterilization company that has operated a facility off Jimmie Kerr Road in Haw River since 1983 has asked the city of Graham to waive more than $49,000 in water/sewer and development fees for a second facility that’s currently under construction and fronts I-85/40.

The site is within Graham’s jurisdiction.

Graham’s city council voted 5-0 last week to waive $49,465 in development fees for the project.

In exchange, Sterigenics has agreed to bear $550,000 in expenses for the construction of a new water line that both the company and Graham city staff say will improve water service in the area.

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Sterigenics estimates that the construction of its new 70,000-square foot facility will lead to the creation of approximately 20 new jobs, according to Shawn Ansari, vice president of engineering for the company. Its existing facility is located at 1148 Porter Avenue in Haw River.

Sterigenics is a different company from Stericycle, which specializes in medical waste disposal and has a plant just next door at 1168 Porter Avenue in Haw River, also within Graham’s jurisdiction.

Sterigenics describes itself as an equipment sterilization service provider for the medical, pharmaceutical, commercial, and food industries.

Stericycle, on the other hand, specializes in the disposal of controlled substances and hazardous medical waste, including such things as medical syringes and needles.

Sterigenics has built a new water line to serve the facility that’s currently under construction near Bakatasias Lane and Porter Avenue.

In exchange for the fee waiver, the company had also offered to bear the costs to install 1,600 linear feet of iron pipe and to connect to an existing six-inch water line along Bakatasias Lane and an existing 12-inch water line along Jimmie Kerr Road, based on a presentation to the council last week.

Assistant city manager Aaron Holland recommended the council approve the waiver, reasoning that “the cost of upgrading this line is greatly offset by the company performing this work [as opposed to] the city,” according to a report he prepared for the council’s consideration last week.

Another eight-inch water line that Sterigenics agreed to pay to install is also expected to improve “fire flow” throughout the immediate area surrounding the site, based on Holland’s report to the council.

The vote to waive the city’s water/sewer and development fees was 5-0.

Sterigenics has targeted completion of its second facility along Porter Avenue for the spring of 2024.

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