Amgen adds 400 jobs in central Ohio as part of an expansion of its packaging operations
For drugmakers looking to expand the supply chain, real estate near some of the industry’s biggest hubs can be prohibitively expensive. But further afield, big drugmakers like Amgen can find a better deal — and now central Ohio is set to welcome a new neighbor to town.
Amgen will invest $365 million into a new manufacturing plant in New Albany, OH, 18 miles northeast of Columbus, to further its assembly and packaging capabilities for medicines set to be distributed in the US, the company said in a release.
The site will encompass 270,000 square feet, and Amgen received several tax breaks to open up shop in the up-and-coming New Albany International Business Park, including a 100% property tax abatement for 15 years.
The location will allow for a central location for distribution around the country, SVP of manufacturing Arleen Paulino said in a release, and Ohio will offer both low operating costs and a growing talent pool. Amgen currently has 25,000 employees across the world, 14,000 of which are based in the US.
“We are adding this additional assembly and packaging plant to our global supply chain network to support the anticipated growth in demand for Amgen medicines,” Amgen EVP of operations Esteban Santos said in a statement. “We plan to include some of our most advanced digital automation technologies in this new location as we partner with the thriving business community of the Columbus region to further expand biotechnology regionally.”
VP of site operations Sandra Rodriguez-Toledo will move from Puerto Rico to Ohio to oversee the new facility. One of its features is a heavy emphasis on automation, as it will feature self-driving vehicles to move material from one place in the facility to another and smart sensor to evaluate the products, as well using data-gathering tools to predict quantity and ensure efficiency.
“Our aspiration is to have the most advanced assembly and packing operation while we will create a facility that will leverage the new technology that is in the market to be able to help advance automation,” Rodriguez-Toledo said in a call with Endpoints News.
The site is set to create 400 new jobs, and Amgen has an agreement with Ohio State University, President Kristina Johnson said, to create an internship program and other experiential learning chances.
The New Albany facility will support Amgen’s current environmental standards, as the company aims to be carbon neutral by 2027. It will also support the OneTen initiative, which Amgen is a part of along with companies such as AT&T, Lowe’s and Gilead, to hire a million Black Americans into well-paying jobs by 2031.