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Vandalia Pharmaceutical Plant in Hiring Mode

Vandalia Pharmaceutical Plant in Hiring Mode [Dayton Daily News, Ohio]

From Dayton Daily News (OH) (September 23, 2012)

Sept. 23--VANDALIA -- VANDALIA -- Aptalis Pharmatech is in a hiring mode, and within a month, should know exactly how many employees it will be adding to its local plant.

The company recently had its Ohio Tax Credit Authority Job Creation Tax Credit increased from 35 percent for seven years to 45 percent for 10 years.

The company website lists 25 jobs for the 110,000-square-foot Vandalia warehouse and plant on Center Drive, seven of them full-time, the rest temporary. However, the tax credit indicates 75 new jobs will appear over a five-year period.

"They’ve added more than 100 jobs over the last six years," said Vandalia City Manager Rob Anderson. "They’ve been in a growth mode, and they have room to expand on their site."

Anderson said companies often underestimate the number of people they will hire when the Ohio tax credit is involved.

"Businesses tend to estimate low on the number of hires when they get a tax credit," Anderson said. "If they don’t hire as many as they said they would, the state takes back some of the tax money. If they hire more, the state will give the additional tax money. The refundable tax credit is the best incentive the state has."

Timothy Grinstead, Aptalis’ senior director, manufacturing operation, North America, said, "When I started here in 1993, we had about 35 employees." The Vandalia plant now has about 180. "(We) should be north of 200 (employees) by the end of the whole process."

A global company with factories in Montreal, Paris and two in Milan, Aptalis is headquartered in Bridgewater, N.J. The Vandalia location actually started as a capsular products division of NCR Corp. in the 1950s, when it helped develop carbonless paper.

The encapsulation technology led to other products, including, "scratch and sniff" technology, and other uses, including pharmaceuticals.

By 1984, NCR began divesting itself of subsidiaries, and what became Aptalis last year was owned by several companies, including A.H. Robbins, American Home Products, Phizer, then Eurand.

That coating technology used in carbonless paper was reworked as a coating for bitter-tasting pills and a way to slow down the release of medicine in the body.

Now, the company focuses on gastrointestinal diseases and cystic fibrosis, and recently released Viokace, which helps treat exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.

Aptalis intends to hire local residents to fill many of the new jobs.

"We’ve been very successful in employing some of the displaced workforce," Grinstead said. "We’ve taken displaced auto workers and put them through high-tech training in 6-8 weeks to learn baseline work. Then it takes six months to a year to go through all the training at our site. It’s pretty intense.

"Most of the employees we hire are local. Look at the selection of colleges we have -- UC, Xavier, Miami, Dayton, Wright State, Ohio State. We can pretty much get a bunch of bachelor-level chemists," Grinstead said.

Aptalis has also worked closely with BioOhio, Sinclair Community College and Cincinnati Community College.


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Posted: September 2012