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Drug maker hiring 400 workers

November 14, 2017
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Pfizer Portage manufacturing campus
The Pfizer manufacturing campus in Portage is the drug maker's largest production site. Courtesy Pfizer

A drug maker is in the process of hiring more than 400 workers for its manufacturing operation in the region.

New York-based Pfizer said this week it has begun hiring for 200 new positions and 200 replacements at its Pfizer Global Supply operation in Portage, at 7000 Portage Rd.

Bob Betzig, the Portage site leader, said the replacement positions are due to attrition from retirements.

Open positions include roles in manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance and control and to a lesser degree, research and development and administration.

“We want to get (the new employees) on board as fast as we can,” Betzig said, noting the company expects hiring for the skilled positions could be a challenge with the low unemployment rate in southwest Michigan.

“It’s an opportunity for people who have a job and are looking for a better one. We pay well and have good benefits.

“I think of millennials. They want to do work with a purpose. Many of the medicines we make are life-saving medicines. We are the largest steroid producer in the world. What better thing than to work for a cause?”

The Pfizer Global Supply operation in Portage, with more than 2,300 employees, is the largest manufacturing site among the 63 locations within the Pfizer network.

The plant makes the active ingredients in steroids, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals.

It produces sterile injectable medicines, non-sterile medications, biologicals, alcohol-based medicines and surgical sponges.

The Portage operation is in the midst of a $146-million expansion, launched last year, to increase capacity and meet projected 2020 production demands.

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