As part of its statewide expansion of its operating facilities, West Pharmaceuticals Inc. is creating additional jobs at its Williamsport and Jersey Shore plants.
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a Pennsylvania First grant of $ 687,000 and a workforce development grant of $ 258,000 to help the company develop. train workers, according to Governor Tom Wolf’s action team. The company was encouraged to apply for the ministry’s manufacturing tax credit program and a loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
About 200 full-time jobs will be added at the company’s factories in Williamsport, Jersey Shore and Exton.
Williamsport / Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President Jason Fink acknowledged support from state and county officials for creating more jobs in Lycoming County.
The company is investing more than $ 18 million in the project over the next three years.
“We are excited to continue our growth in Pennsylvania, which will help support our mission to improve the lives of patients around the world,” David Montecalvo, senior vice president and director of operations and supply chain, said. “We are grateful for our partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for the support of the Governor’s Action Team, which will help us continue our commitment to expand our operations in Pennsylvania and support a bright future for the communities in which we operate. ”
Fink noted that the western expansion marks another positive step for Lycoming County.
Digger Manufacturing, an Indiana-based company, will open a manufacturing facility next year in the Timber Run Industrial Park along Highway 15, creating at least 150 new jobs in the area.
Fink said the West’a Jersey Shore plant is looking to hire workers now.
“For the Williamsport component, they have to get bids for the construction,” he said. “It’s in progress.”
The expansion will include an addition of 12,000 square feet at the Williamsport facility and the purchase of production equipment for a new line of product mixers as part of the plant’s modernization, increase in manufacturing and improving efficiency, according to officials.
“They (the West) are looking to fill qualified positions. They offer training ”, said Fink.
Governor Wolf said: “My administration is delighted to support West’s expansion project, which will support increased manufacturing capacity at its Williamsport site and bring more than 200 new, well-paying jobs to the communities of Lycoming and Chester County. With centuries-old roots in Pennsylvania, we look forward to witnessing West’s continued growth and contributions to our state’s renowned manufacturing industry.