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Merz North America Expands Sturtevant and Franksville, Wisconsin, Operations

Merz North America, Inc., an aesthetics and neurotoxin manufacturer, is expanding its facilities in Sturtevant and Franksville, Wisconsin. The $8 million project is expected to create 35 jobs over the next three years.

The expansion will allow the company to ramp up production and meet the rapidly growing demand for its bulking agents containing Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHa). Merz ultimately hopes to triple its current output of a million syringe assemblies per year. Doing so demands improvements to the Sturtevant facility and warehouse, where particle manufacturing, packaging and distribution take place, as well as the Franksville facility, which focuses on final product manufacturing.

“The additional funding from WEDC has definitely given us the ability to do some additional project work, we were able to get some equipment ordered sooner because we didn’t have the funding for that,” said Dean Erickson, Vice President of facilities operations at Merz’s Sturtevant facility. “It ultimately got us making these improvements sooner in the program than was originally expected.”

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $160,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Merz will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created.

“Merz has a global presence in its industry and Wisconsin plays a critical role in its operations,” added Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). “Its continued presence and job creation in Wisconsin is an effort WEDC can proudly support.”

Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and family owned, Merz Aesthetics (Merz North America, Inc.) has approximately 1,500 employees in 24 countries worldwide. The company is known for clinically-proven and category-leading injectables, devices and skincare products. The Wisconsin locations, in operation since 1998, specialize in aesthetic products, stress urinary incontinence products and vocal fold insufficiency products.

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