A subsidiary of B. Braun Medical Inc. has opened a new pharmaceutical facility in Upper Macungie that is expected to create 73 jobs.
Central Admixture Pharmacy Services Inc. (CAPS) moved into a 32-000-square-foot building in the Iron Run Industrial Park in Fogelsville and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 28. The sterile compounding pharmacy makes products for hospitals, including antibiotics, anesthesia drugs and medications used during open-heart surgery.
The Fogelsville facility, which currently has nine employees, is the newest of CAPS 25 locations, company officials said. Its parent company, B. Braun, is a leading international manufacturer of health care products.
“CAPS considered several other locations but none as attractive as this community,” said Bruce Heugel, B. Braun’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. “Opening the CAPS facility in Allentown shows that the ‘regional approach’ to economic development is working to provide the opportunities that grow jobs in the community.”
Among those attending the ceremony was Pennsylvania Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker.
CAPS has tapped the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute to help educate its workforce. “CAPS is working directly with LCTI to build a pharmacy technology program that will support our business as well as other business entities that require the services of pharmacy technicians,” Tom Malm, a spokesman for B. Braun Medical Inc., said in an e-mail.
B.Braun has six facilities in the Lehigh Valley, employing 2,045, according to Malm. The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Bethlehem on 12th Avenue and the Marcon manufacturing plant employs 1,038. There are two facilities in Breiningsville – one is another subsidiary called Aesculap. B. Braun has another Aesculap in Center Valley and now the CAPS in Fogelsville.