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Packaging Manufacturer Serving “the World’s Biggest Healthcare Brands” Adding Pennsylvania Facility

By: Andy Szal, Thomasnet.com

A contract manufacturer of pharmaceutical packaging is expanding with a third facility in Pennsylvania, state officials announced.

Sharp will invest nearly $43 million in its Pennsylvania operations, including renovating and upgrading a newly acquired 170,000-square-foot building in Macungie Borough. The company will also upgrade existing campuses in nearby Allentown and the Philadelphia suburb of Conshohocken.

The expansion is expected to create 335 new jobs over the next five years and retain more than 1,000 positions in the state.

Sharp, a subsidiary of Ireland-based UDG Healthcare, says it has provided contract packaging services to “the world’s biggest healthcare brands” for more than 65 years.

“Sharp has a long history and a proven commitment to the Lehigh Valley area and to our site in Conshohocken, and as this investment demonstrates, we will continue to offer career opportunities and skills training within our local communities as our employees deliver vital packaging services for our pharmaceutical clients,” Sharp President Kevin Orfan said in the announcement.

The company is slated to receive a $1.25 million state grant, along with a $140,000 grant to assist with worker training. Sharp will receive $670,000 in state tax credits provided it meets its job creation goals.

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