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Drug maker plans $146M expansion

September 7, 2016
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partial rendering Pfizer Portage warehouse expansion
A partial rendering of Pfizer's expanded warehouse in Portage at night. Courtesy Pfizer

A New York-based drug maker is preparing to start a $146-million construction project to expand its presence in the region.

New York-based Pfizer recently received a $14.5-million tax abatement from the City of Portage to construct a new Act-O-Vial manufacturing "work center" in Portage and to add more than 100,000 square feet to a warehouse, Building 41, which is also in Portage.

Pfizer’s plant in Portage operates 24/7, producing sterile injectables, non-sterile medications, biologicals, alcohol-based medicines and surgical sponges.

The site makes 150 active ingredients for steroids, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals.

Manufacturing space

The new manufacturing work center will include 10,000 square feet of aseptic processing space, contemporary environmental control features and integrated automation, enabling electronic, paperless batch processing.

Pfizer is constructing the work center to improve compliance and to secure its Act-O-Vial commercial supply. It is also replacing aging equipment.

Construction on the work center should be completed by early 2018, with the first commercial batches available in late 2019, according to Pfizer.

Warehouse space

The company’s warehouse expansion project at Building 41 will include 98,000 square feet of controlled room temperature space and 12,000 pallet spaces for raw materials, work in progress and finished goods.

Additional refrigerated space and a secure TSA cage, six new truck docks, shipping and warehouse offices and a parking lot modification and replacement are also part of the project.

Pfizer said the contemporary warehouse space is needed, in part, to increase capacity to meet 2020 production demand.

Pfizer expects to complete construction on the warehouse expansion next November.

Michigan impact

Bob Betsig, interim site leader for Pfizer's Portage manufacturing, said the company is “excited” to make investments at the Portage operation, which will allow Pfizer to “leverage world-class technology” and a “technically capable” workforce to stay globally competitive.

Pfizer employs 2,100 employees in Michigan, with an average salary of $74,000.

The company said it provides an annual economic impact to the state of $59 million in total taxes paid.

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