Eastern Shore water testing equipment company gets OK for nearly $1.2 million in state grants for Glasgow expansipon


 LaMotte Company, a  producer of water-quality testing instrumentation and reagents headquartered in Chestertown,  MD, has chosen Glasgow as an expansion site. 

The Delaware  Council on Development Finance recommended a state grant package totaling nearly $1.2 million for the company.

The company plans to invest $3.3 million to build out lab space at its new location in Pencader Corporate Center. The 79,000-square-foot site will also include office and production space.


“We are working hard to make Delaware more competitive so that we can compete and win every day,” said  Gov. John Carney. “That means making sure we have the best environment so businesses like LaMotte Company can grow and thrive here in Delaware. We are excited for this expansion and the new jobs it will bring. This investment shows that Delaware remains in demand for manufacturing and innovative development.”

LaMotte will hire more than 50 employees immediately with future plans to have more than 100 people working at the site within three years. Positions will include skilled technicians, production line and warehouse workers, administrative jobs, and engineers and chemists.

Proximity to the intellectual resources of the University of Delaware was a key reason for LaMotte’s choice of Newark and over other Mid-Atlantic locations. The company intends to collaborate with the university’s College of Engineering and Lerner College of Business to develop an internship and employee pipeline. According to a release from the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, it also plans to partner with Delaware’s vocational high schools and Delaware Technical Community College to address its technician and manufacturing personnel needs.

Founded in Baltimore, LaMotte has manufactured specialized pH indicators and other analytical reagents for water-quality analysis worldwide since 1919. Currently,  the company produces analytical reagents, electronic instrumentation, and portable test kits for chemical analysis for hundreds of applications to serve the pool and spa; drinking water; industrial water; environmental science education; food and beverage; laundry and sanitation; water and wastewater; and aquarium and fish farming industries.

LaMotte officials requested a performance-based grant of $190,440 and a Delaware Lab Space Grant of nearly  $1.06 million from the Delaware Strategic Fund. The distribution of grants from the Delaware Strategic Fund is dependent on the company meeting commitments as outlined to the council, which reviewed and approved the request.

The Prosperity Partnership is a public-private agency that handles economic development in the state.

“We are thrilled to continue our expansion plans culminating in this investment in Delaware,” said LaMotte  CEO Scott Amsbaugh. “The Newark location is highly valuable for us given the skilled and educated local workforce and its proximity to global shipping hubs. This investment is critical in our capacity expansion to meet our customers’ growing demands for LaMotte’s products.”