FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/12/13) – Governor Steve Beshear today joined local and company officials in Winchester to announce Catalent Pharma Solutions LLC is expanding operations, adding 90 jobs and investing more than $35 million in the project. To meet increased industry demand, the company is adding 80,000 square feet to its current 100,000-square-foot facility on Enterprise Drive in Winchester.
“Catalent is making tremendous strides in Winchester, and we’re excited to see such success for a global company in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “The numbers speak for themselves, with 90 new jobs and $35 million in investment, but this also shows the level of confidence that Catalent has in Kentucky’s high quality workforce.”
Catalent is a global leader in development solutions and advanced drug delivery technologies, providing worldwide clinical and commercial supply capabilities for drugs, biologics and consumer health products. The company employs approximately 8,500 people, including more than 1,000 scientists, at nearly 30 facilities on five continents.
Opened in 1992, the Winchester plant currently employs more than 300 people and produces a variety of over-the-counter and prescription drugs in tablet, capsules and powders. The facility has launched more than 100 products for Catalent’s pharmaceutical and consumer health customers. Catalent expects to complete the expansion of the facility by October 2014.
“Catalent is a fully integrated formulation, regulatory, and manufacturing solutions partner, helping pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare companies differentiate their products and reach markets faster,” said John Chiminski, president and CEO of Catalent Pharma Solutions.
“Catalent has been present at this site for over 20 years developing and manufacturing important medicines,” said Steve Havel, general manager of Catalent’s Winchester facility. “Our commitment to Kentucky is illustrated by the expansion of our Winchester facility, which will provide our customers with more capabilities to help develop and manufacture new products.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in Winchester, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $2 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
KEDFA also approved Catalent for tax benefits up to $860,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, which allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment.
“I am pleased to be a part of this exciting announcement for central Kentucky. The expansion and further investment in our community by Catalent will add approximately 90 new jobs, provide a boost to our local economy and create new opportunities for our workforce,” said Sen. R.J. Palmer, of Winchester. “Catalent is a good corporate neighbor, and we are pleased that this industry is growing. I applaud Gov. Beshear for taking the lead to support this industry, their employees and their families.”
“Catalent Pharma’s decision to expand its operations is proof positive that Winchester and Clark County are great places to do business,” said Rep. Donna Mayfield, of Winchester. “It also speaks volumes about the high quality of our workforce for new and expanding businesses.”
“Catalent is another prime example of the commitment by our existing industry to invest, grow and continue to hire highly skilled people,” said Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner. “Catalent has quickly become one of our flagship manufacturers, and we are proud they are making such a large investment here in their future and in ours.”
“We are fortunate to have such a high caliber industry as part of our corporate family here in Winchester,” said Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham. “Their growth over the past couple of years has been phenomenal, and that is a testament to the leadership team and the quality workforce they have assembled. This expansion is a culmination of all their hard work.”
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