West Contract Manufacturing spending $6M to expand in Walker

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West Contract Manufacturing designs and produces technologically advanced containment and delivery services and solutions for injectable medicines. Courtesy West Contract Manufacturing

A pharmaceutical contract manufacturer is spending $6 million to expand its current location in Walker in a move expected to create 110 jobs.

West Contract Manufacturing (West), a subsidiary of West Pharmaceutical Services, will expand its current location at 3116 N. Wilson Ct. NW in Walker, The Right Place recently said. The West Michigan economic development agency connected the organization with resources to support the project in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The expansion, which will occur within the company’s existing space starting immediately, will be supported by a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The company said since the expansion is internal to the existing space, no additional buildout is necessary, and no general contractor will be engaged.

West is a manufacturer in the design and production of technologically advanced containment and delivery services and solutions for injectable medicines. Its Walker location is Food and Drug Administration registered and specializes in precision injection molding, class 10,000 clean room assembly and secondary operations, tool building and repair capabilities, and producing medical device components. Its customers include biologic, generic, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

The Right Place worked closely with MEDC to ensure West continued its growth in the region.

“The decision to expand in our region reaffirms the strength of greater Grand Rapids’ rapidly advancing health science industry,” said Randy Thelen, president and CEO, The Right Place. “West has played an integral role in our local medical device manufacturing industry, and we look forward to seeing their continued growth in our community as they create high-tech, quality jobs.”

Walker Mayor Gary Carey said the company “has been a wonderful part of our business community here in Walker, and we are elated that they have chosen to continue their growth here.”

“We celebrate this expansion alongside them and are excited to see what successes they have in their future,” Carey said.

West provides job skills training, tuition reimbursement and pathways for career advancement. Job openings at West’s Walker location can be viewed here.

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