RochesterJune 26, 2012
JHP Pharmaceuticals plans $8 million expansion in Rochester
By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer
ROCHESTER — JHP Pharmaceuticals, which provides contract manufacturing of sterile products for pharmaceutical and biotech organizations, recently broke ground on an $8 million laboratory expansion at its Rochester manufacturing facility.
The New Jersey-based company’s sterile manufacturing facility sits on more than 80 acres of land, and includes a 171,000-foot production building and warehouse at 870 Parkdale Road in Rochester, where approximately 300 employees work.
The laboratory expansion will include research and development space, and officials say it will bring 15 more scientists to the area.
Rochester Deputy City Manager Nik Banda said the city is thrilled about the expansion that JHP, the top property taxpayer in the city, has decided upon.
“They are an integral part of our community, obviously, because they are the largest employer, and then on top of that they are synonymous with Rochester. … They employ a lot of people, they use a lot of hotel nights and their people eat downtown. They are part of our community,” he said. “The fact that they are using Rewold, a local city contractor, to build it is icing on the cake.”
Banda said the city worked with JHP over the last year on a plan for the site.
“We worked with them to remove some of the older buildings that were obsolete, which took down our tax base, but they always said ‘if you let us do this, we are going to reinvest in this property,’ and they did. … Sure enough, what they are putting in far exceeds what they took down,” he said. “It’s a huge investment. They could have renovated an old part of the place, but they thought ‘nah, we’re going to do this right,’ that’s what’s cool about them.”
On the city side, Banda said the site approval process for the project went fast.
“It was the most efficient site plan approval I have ever seen, and they are thankful of that, which moved their build plans up,” Banda said.
The ground breaking was held June 14, and city officials guessed the project would take about a year to complete.
If this project is successful, Banda said he wouldn’t be surprised if JHP decided to build another building in the city in the future.
“We’re proud to say they are in our town,” he said.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said JHP is a vital part of Oakland County Michigan’s Medical Main Street program, which focuses on growing the medical and life science industry in Oakland County and southeast Michigan. Since the program’s 2008 launch, officials said, Medical Main Street companies have generated investment of more than $220 million and created or retained more than 2,900 jobs.
“(JHP’s) expansion in Oakland County is further validation of the growing importance the life sciences have in our region. They are a valued member of our Medical Main Street family,” Patterson said in a statement.
JHP Pharmaceuticals General Manager Don Ferry could not be reached for comment at press time.
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