Quest Diagnostics announced Wednesday that it will build a flagship laboratory in Clifton.
The provider of diagnostic information services said that the 250,000-square-foot laboratory will become the largest in the Quest network of more than 20 laboratory facilities across the nation, and will employ more than 1,100 people.
The new laboratory is expected to be operational in early 2021.
In a statement, Quest said that the initiative is designed to enhance the diagnostic information services it provides to the more than 40 million people in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C.
Quest officials said that the laboratory builds on the success of Quest's "Lab of the Future" in Marlborough, Mass., incorporating innovative uses of building design and automated technology to provide a broad range of advanced diagnostic information services.
"Rooted in innovation, this new lab will also provide our employees with an inspiring workplace. This is a major commitment to our presence in New Jersey where we are headquartered, and it is good news for the health care providers and patients we serve," Quest Diagnostics Chairman, President and CEO Steve Rusckowski said in a prepared statement.
The laboratory will be built on an approximately 12-acre site on the Clifton side of the ON3 campus, the former over 100-acre Hoffmann-La Roche property that spans Clifton and the Township of Nutley.
ON3 is also home to the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian Graduate School of Medicine, and Seton Hall's College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences.
Quest's corporate headquarters is located in Secaucus. The company employs more than 2,700 people throughout the state and about 45,000 people companywide.