Taunton Waters Corp. builds $215M new chemical plant in Myles Standish

TAUNTON — Mayor Shaunna O’Connell said Waters Corporation’s new chemical manufacturing facility in Taunton “shows their commitment to reducing impacts on the environment.”

“They have been a strong community partner,” she said after Waters Corp. received a LEED (Leadership Energy Environmental Design) certification from the Green Building Council during a ceremony on Monday.

“Their functions are a great asset to our community.” 

Waters Corp. Public Relations Manager Janice Foley said the company in the Myles Standish Industrial Park is the first chemical facility in Massachusetts to be awarded a LEED certification.

“It’s a big deal to be LEED certified,” she said during a recent interview. “Chemical plants create a lot of waste.”

Waters Corp. Director of Manufacturing Operations Christopher C. Benevides said Waters received the LEED certification because the chemical facility is being built with “sustainable materials.” 

“Our objective is corporate sustainability and being as environmentally friendly as we can in the chemistry business,” he said during a recent interview.

“The materials for our new building were chosen carefully. The materials consist of components that were constructed from sustainable materials instead of something that is less recyclable.”

Waters Corp. officials expect the 140,000-square-foot chemical manufacturing facility that cost $215 million to build should be fully operative in 2023.

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