Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing to invest $160M in expansion

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GRAM's aseptic filling facility. Courtesy Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing

A local life sciences manufacturer will receive $120 million from U.S. government contracts to support a planned $160 million expansion of its facilities.

Grand Rapids-based Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing (GRAM), a parenteral contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), said Thursday, April 28, it signed a multiyear contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Under the agreement, GRAM will invest $160 million and receive $120 million from the U.S. government to fund the expansions of its fill-and-finish facilities.

GRAM’s facilities and equipment are designed to allow the company to contract manufacture for pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government. The agreement supports the build out of the second floor in GRAM’s 80,000-square-foot aseptic filling facility, along with a 30,000-square-foot expansion of GRAM’s 200,000-square-foot finishing center, including a sterility laboratory and added warehouse space. Both buildings are on the West Side of Grand Rapids.

GRAM’s finishing center. Courtesy Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing

The contracts will increase GRAM’s filling capacity to a total of four isolator fill lines and help further expand its finishing operations with advanced equipment and technology.

The agreement stems from GRAM’s participation in Operation Warp Speed, which included providing fill-and-finish services in the manufacturing of a COVID-19 vaccine, which earned the company the Business Journal’s 2020 Newsmaker of the Year award in the manufacturing category.

“We are honored to support the U.S. government in bringing necessary biopharmaceutical products to market swiftly,” said Tom Ross, president and CEO of GRAM. “This new agreement is a testament to the invaluable expertise our organization has gained and assures capacity to handle public health emergencies as they arise with the highest level of efficiency and accuracy.”

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