A team lead by Battelle Memorial Institute has won a five-year, $333 million Defense Department contract to provide biological and chemical detection support at Aberdeen Proving Ground and 11 other hubs around the world.
Battelle will administer the program from Aberdeen.
The Columbus, Ohio, institute manages or co-manages seven national laboratories for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. Battelle has been expanding in Harford County, where it has had offices for 20 years.
Half of its 400 employees in Maryland work at Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army testing and training facility. As a result of this contract, Battelle and its team will add about 25 jobs in Maryland and another 125 around the world.
The contract consolidates several existing ones held by Battelle and its team members and adds new work, said Mike Janus, vice president of the company's systems integration product line. The contract covers such services as chemical and biological detection, medical support and information technology.
One of Battelle's main research and development centers is the Battelle Eastern Science and Technology Center, which opened in 2003 across from Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. The company plans to double the size of the $20 million, 78,000 square-foot building and employ as many as 1,000 there.
Last month the company won a 10-year, $257 million contract from the National Institutes of Health to operate a biological defense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick County.