West to expand, bring more jobs to area
JERSEY SHORE — As part of a statewide expansion of its operating facilities, West Pharmaceuticals Inc. is bringing additional jobs to its Williamsport and Jersey Shore plants.
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $687,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $258,000 workforce development grant to help the company train workers, according to Gov. Wolf’s Action Team. The company was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program and for a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan.
About 200 full-time jobs will be added to the company’s plants in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, and Exton.
Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President Jason Fink credited support from state and county officials for bringing more jobs to Lycoming County.
The company is investing over $18 million into the project over the next three years.
“We are pleased to continue our growth within Pennsylvania, which will help support our mission of improving the lives of patients across the globe,” David Montecalvo, West’s senior vice president and chief operations and supply chain officer, 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 enable our continued commitment to expand our operations in Pennsylvania and supporting a bright future for the communities in which we operate.”
Fink noted that the West expansion marks another positive step forward for Lycoming County.
Digger Manufacturing, an Indiana-based company, will open a manufacturing facility next year in the Timber Run Industrial Park along Route 15, bringing at least 150 new jobs to the area.
Fink said West’s Jersey Shore plant is looking to hire workers now.
“For the Williamsport component of it, they need to get bids for construction,” he said. “That is under way.”
The expansion will include a 12,000-square-foot addition to the Williamsport facility and the purchase of production equipment for a new product mixer line as part of modernizing the plant, increasing manufacturing, and improving efficiency, according to officials.
“They (West) are looking to fill skilled positions. They are offering training,” Fink said.
Gov. Wolf stated: “My administration is thrilled to support West’s expansion project–which will support increased manufacturing capabilities at its Williamsport location and bring over 200 new, good-paying jobs to both Lycoming and Chester County communities. With centennial roots in Pennsylvania, we are eager to witness West’s continued growth and contributions to our state’s renowned manufacturing industry.”