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Swiss-Based Lonza Expands Greenwood, South Carolina, Production Facility

Lonza, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets, will invest $46 million over the next five years to expand its operations center in Greenwood, South Carolina. The company plans to add 50,000 square feet to its facility at 535 North Emerald Road.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Lonza harnesses science and technology to create products that enhance the overall quality of life for patients and consumers around the world. Through its acquisition of Capsugel in July 2017, Lonza now offers products and services from the custom development and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients to innovative dosage forms.

Lonza’s Greenwood County operations, where the company expects to hire 30 additional associates, produces empty capsules and finished dosage forms for the global biopharma and consumer health and nutrition markets. Its expansion will enable the firm to produce key nutritional ingredients, among other projects. With construction expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019, hiring for the new positions will take place starting in mid-2018.

“Lonza is making a significant investment in our operations in Greenwood, further demonstrating our commitment to providing high-quality products and services to our customers worldwide. Greenwood County is rich with talented, skilled individuals who will enhance our global and regional footprint, particularly in the area of consumer health and nutrition,” said Lonza Specialty Ingredients COO Sven Abend.

As an incentive, The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $300,000 Set Aside grant to Greenwood County to assist with the costs of site work and infrastructure improvements.

“The Palmetto State’s life sciences industry continues to expand, showcasing South Carolina’s ability to produce a variety of advanced products. We congratulate Lonza and look forward to their continued success in Greenwood County,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said.


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