Contract pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging company Aphena has revealed plans to invest in its Solid Dose Division expansion in Cookeville, Tennessee, US.

The expansion includes the acquisition of a 500,000ft2 property currently being transformed into an advanced pharmaceutical packaging and distribution facility.

Aphena CEO Shawn Reilley said: “This expansion is exciting news for Aphena, our customers and our communities.

“The Solid Dose Division and recent Liquids Division expansions will establish Aphena’s position as one of the most diversified manufacturing and packaging companies in the pharmaceutical industry.

“These growth strategies will continue to offer our customers expanded project capabilities at every level, and it will create a very large employment opportunity, both in Cookeville and at our facility in Easton, Maryland.”

The new facility, which will be ready by 1 February 2021, will add 258,000ft2 to Aphena’s existing Cookeville division.

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As part of this expansion, the company will install 24 high-speed bottling lines, as well as eight thermoform blister packaging lines.

Aphena sales EVP Eric Allen said: “This new facility will make Aphena a top contender in the pharmaceutical contract service space, starting with over 12,000 pallets of cold chain storage capacity.

“Being able to offer turnkey packaging and distribution services for biologic products, plus expanding the current operations with newly innovated bottling and packaging lines, will continue to attract key pharmaceutical customers to the Middle Tennessee area.”

In February, Aphena Pharma acquired an advanced high-speed, solid-dose bottling line with an integrated cartoner.