The multi-million dollar expansion of Aptalis Pharmatech’s Vandalia facility that began last year has already exceeded expectations of generating 35 new jobs, a company spokesman said.
“In the past year, I think we added 60 employees,” said Tim Grinstead, Aptalis’s senior director of manufacturing operations for North America.
The pharmaceutical products and services manufacturer is in the middle of a $4 million expansion of its center at 845 Center Drive. This is phase two of the four-phase project, which calls for relocating employees from outside of Ohio to the Vandalia site and to allow for up to 15 new jobs, according to the company’s 2012 Spring ED/GE grant application.
The company’s commercial permit application states that the company is building an additional 20,000 square feet to its already 110,000-square-foot warehouse and plant.
Grinstead credits the company’s growth to the fact that some of the company’s products have been successful in the market. “We service both the generic as well as the branded pharmaceutical space, so we see growth across all phases of our business right now,” he said.
Last year’s ED/GE grant was the company’s third. The project summary in the Spring 2012 application stated that the company was expanding due to new business opportunities for the engineering and manufacturing of a new product line.
The company, formerly known as Eurand, has received three county ED/GE grants. The latest grant for $200,000 was issued last year, bringing their company’s total ED/GE grant amount to approximately $780,000 since 2003.
The Aptalis website lists 12 job openings at the Vandalia facility as of Thursday.
“The Aptalis project is a great win for the City of Vandalia as we were in competition with several internal company sites including Connecticut, California, Canada, and Italy,” said Greg Shackelford, Vandalia’s assistant city manager. “The company has committed to growing the Vandalia location with 35 new high paying jobs with an average annual salary in the neighborhood of $70,000. This type of growth from an existing business helps strengthen the City’s tax base, and also helps solidify the Dayton Center Industrial Park area. The ED/GE Program was a major factor in helping us secure the win.”
Aptalis is a global company headquartered in Bridgewater, N.J. with factories in Montreal, Paris and Milan.
The Vandalia location actually started as a capsular products division of NCR Corp. in the 1950s, when it helped develop carbonless paper.