A lot of important work goes on at an Eiterman Road facility.

A lot of important work goes on at an Eiterman Road facility.

Nestle production facilities in both the U.S. and Canada depend on a quality assurance lab in Dublin that recently went through some growth.

The Eiterman Road Nestle Quality Assurance Center expanded by 35,000-square-feet to keep up with demand and the company last week celebrated the opening of the addition.

The micro-biology lab expansion will ensure food safety and quality for Switzerland-based Nestle.

The expanded facility opened in August on budget, said center Director Aaron Ayres.

The Dublin facility employs 188 and the original 45,000 square-foot building was dedicated in 1991.

The business, however, didn't stay that way for long, said Les Smoot, manager of zone Americas food safety microbiology for Nestle. He spoke at the opening celebration.

"In 2008 we added an 8,000-square-foot controlled storage building," Smoot said, noting renovations and expansions couldn't keep up for long.

"In 2011 we were able to add 50 scientific positions to the building."

The newest addition onto the Nestle Quality Assurance Center makes the Dublin location the company's biggest world wide, Smoot said.

Last week's opening celebration offered tours of the new lab areas to visitors, giving a look at the testing that goes on daily for Nestle companies such as Lean Cuisine, Edy's Ice Cream, Gerber baby food and California Pizza Kitchen.

Lab technicians at the facility do one-day testing on food and ingredients at the Dublin Quality Assurance Center to ensure everything is safe and high-quality.

Once the products are proved safe, they can be release from production facilities throughout the country.

Dublin Mayor Michael Keenan thanked the company for its $11 million investment in the community with the addition.

"We're proud Nestle has chosen to grow in Dublin," he said, thanking the city's economic development team that put together a deal to keep the Nestle Quality Assurance Center in Dublin.

The city assisted Nestle with the expansion through a land deal that included the city purchasing land from the Ohio State University and selling it to Nestle at a reduced cost.