WILLIAMSPORT — West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a leading global manufacturer in the design and production of containment and delivery systems for injectable medicines, is creating 225 new, full-time jobs as part of its expansion project in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County.
“This exciting announcement bolsters the skilled labor force found here in our area,” Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) said. “West Pharmaceutical Services recently broke ground on the Williamsport expansion and is now already moving forward here in Jersey Shore. It’s great to see the partnership of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Action Team, County Commissioners, Jersey Shore Borough, and Jersey Shore Area School District who all worked together to secure this for the community. I look forward to seeing this Pennsylvania-based company continue to grow their worldwide presence through their investment in Lycoming County.
West’s expansion requires the company to also increase its back office, administrative, and research and development services at its corporate headquarters in Exton, Chester County.
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $1.125 million Pennsylvania First grant, a $250,000 workforce development grant to train its new workers and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) and Qualified Manufacturing Innovation and Reinvestment Deduction (QMIRD) programs. West has committed to investing $60 million into the project, creating 225 new full-time jobs, and retaining 1,385 existing jobs within the next five years.
“The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is excited for the Jersey Shore community given the announcement by West Pharmaceuticals to expand their Jersey Shore plant. This expansion entails and investment of approximately $65m into the local plant and will add another 125 family sustaining jobs there,” said Jason Fink, president and CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. “Thank you to West in continuing to recognize the quality workforce found here in Lycoming County. We also want to recognize the local elected leaders at the Jersey Shore Borough, Jersey Shore Area School Board and Lycoming County Board of Commissioners for their support of the LERTA which played a key role in helping to land this project for our area. Thank you also to the Governor’s Action Team in their efforts to win jobs for Pennsylvania and continuing to be the partner with us in growing our economy.”