Lehigh Valley’s prime location near Philadelphia and New York City, quick transportation connections and extensive health care network are attracting a growing group of pharmaceutical packaging firms to the region. And once they come, these companies grow and stay.
Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo chose Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI in Bethlehem as the base for its U.S. packaging operation in 2012. The firm, which specializes in therapies for hypertension, diabetes, metastatic melanoma and other diseases, employs more than 60 workers who package medicines in bottling and blister pack lines and prepare them for shipping.
Specialty packaging firm YourWay Transport Company recently announced plans to invest $11.5 million in its Lehigh County facility to support growth of its biopharma logistics and delivery services. The expansion is expected to create an additional 258 jobs in the region.
Another logistics firm that recently made the move to Lehigh Valley is Quality Packaging Specialists International. QPSI, which packaged samples when it launched 20 years ago, now packs brand-name and generic drugs for leading consumer product companies as well as nonpharmaceuticals for Fortune 100 companies.
“The value that we provide is more so related to our ability to manage the finite details of our customer's packaging supply chain,” says Daryl Madeira, QPSI’s vice president of sales and marketing.
With a growing customer base, volume and reputation, QPSI needed to expand, and it chose the Lehigh Valley's Upper Macungie Township for its new state-of-the-art pharmaceutical packaging facility. The facility broke ground in April 2012, and just seven months later it was cleared by the FDA to begin operations.
The Lehigh Valley's highly skilled, critical-thinking workers made it an attractive location and desirable location, Madeira says. Its proximity to the pharmaceutical manufacturing corridor also made the region a cost-effective supply chain choice, he adds.
“QPSI looks forward to a long and prosperous future in the Lehigh Valley area,” Madeira says. “With the area's help in promoting pharmaceutical and health care business demand, we are confident that we will continue to see our operations grow."