Boehringer Ingelheim Closes Petersburg plant atend 2014

Boehringer Ingelheim to close API plant in Petersburg, US

7:22 AM, 17th August 2013

PETERSBURG, US: Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals Inc will close its Petersburg plant at the end of 2014. The facility will continue normal operations through the remainder of 2013 and phase out operations the following year. The closure will impact 240 employees through a multi-stage process starting in December 2013. The Petersburg facility manufactures active ingredients for the pharmaceutical industry.

Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals explored selling the facility but was unable to find a suitable buyer. The company has committed to working with city and state officials to find an appropriate use for the facility. The company will begin working with its customers immediately to ensure a smooth transition to new suppliers.

“This was a very difficult decision and one that we did not make until we had explored all of our options. We wanted to give our employees as much notice as possible, so they have time to explore other employment opportunities.  At this moment, our primary goal is to support our employees,” said Dr Manfred Psiorz, President and CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals Inc.

“The pharmaceutical industry is going through dramatic changes and manufacturing needs are being impacted by that change. Our employees did a fabulous job operating this plant, but this decision was driven by factors in the market that were beyond our control. This is a top tier manufacturing plant. We will do all that we can to help the city find an appropriate use for this location,” added Psiorz.

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