According to a government press release published on Thursday, the canton of Graubünden has approved a draft purchase contract between the municipality of Domat/Ems and Hamilton Bonaduz AG. With this, the Bürgergemeinde (civic community) is selling a plot of land on the Industrial Park Vial Domat/Ems to the manufacturer of medical ventilators and laboratory equipment. Wholly owned by the founding U.S. family of Hamilton, the medical technology group plans to erect two new buildings on the land area of 14,087 square meters. This will create 700 new jobs in total.
In the first phase, the company will be investing around 25 million Swiss francs in the construction of a warehouse and production space, which will generate roughly 200 extra jobs. Construction of the second new building for production and offices will begin in 2022. Hamilton Bonaduz AG has earmarked in the region of 40 million francs for this project, which will result in a further 500 jobs.
Hamilton Bonaduz is the biggest employer in Southeast Switzerland. The company has seen a rapid rise in demand for its products worldwide in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. As recently as mid-2020, the Group had expanded its workforce in Graubünden to 1,450 members of staff. “We are certain that our sales will be twice what they were last year,” said Hamilton CEO Andreas Wieland in an article on blick.ch.