Pfizer to Locate Pharmaceutical Production Campus In Kalamazoo County, Michigan
“During the next six years, we expect to invest approximately $1.1 billion in Kalamazoo County, which is in addition to the $1 billion we have invested in the site,” said Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and President, Pfizer Global Supply.
“This investment will strengthen Pfizer’s leadership in sterile manufacturing technology and help meet growing patient demand. It also will create hundreds of highly skilled jobs, fortifying Michigan’s high-tech manufacturing environment,” she said.
According to Gov. Rick Snyder’s officials, when completed Pfizer claims the injectable drug processing facility will be one of the largest in the western hemisphere, while local officials point to the investment as a catalyst for further economic development throughout southwest Michigan.
“Pfizer’s investment is a major boost to the state’s pharmaceutical industry and further diversifies Michigan’s business environment,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “I appreciate Pfizer’s long-term commitment and the economic benefits this will bring to the region and the people who live there.”
The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved support of the $465-million private investment expansion of the company’s manufacturing center with a $1-million Michigan Business Development Program-based grant.
In addition Pfizer is expected to add up to 450 jobs over several years, 354 of which are anticipated to qualify for the Good Jobs for Michigan incentive. Based on the size of the investment and number of jobs to be created, Pfizer qualifies for the Good Jobs for Michigan incentives, which Governor Snyder signed into law last July. Among the inducements, Pfizer receives withholding tax capture for up to 10 years valued at $10.5 million. Projects under this program must be completed within five years of the written agreement.
“Southwest Michigan First is proud to have served on this project team alongside Pfizer’s corporate and local leadership, state of Michigan and city of Portage. We are pleased that Pfizer has selected our region for investment and will continue to build on its legacy in the health sciences sector to the benefit of our local economy and workforce,” said Ron Kitchens, CEO & Senior Partner of Southwest Michigan First.
In another incentive package, the city will provide Pfizer with an industrial facilities tax exemption, which reduces property taxes for 15 years.
Portage officials estimate tax revenue of more than $26 million and a regional economic impact of $49.2 million over the next 15 years. Pfizer is the largest employer, taxpayer and landholder in the city. In late March, the company presented site plans to the Portage City Council.
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