Having all employees together will enable better collaboration, says VWR

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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VWR hosted a ribbon cutting at the site
VWR hosted a ribbon cutting at the site

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VWR has opened a 226,000 square foot chemical manufacturing site in Ohio.

The provider of product and services to lab and production customers had six locations in the Solon area (totaling 150,000 sq ft) and is relocating five by the end of this year and the sixth in a few years. 

VWR said the new space allows for all associates to be at one location and offers more square footage with the employee headcount of 365 staying the same.

It acquired PAW BioScience Products to expand its single-use portfolio earlier this year and is the sole US distributor for the DuPont BAX System Q7 instrument, assays and related products.

Designed for expansion

The firm told us the location was designed purposely for expansion to ensure it can meet the future needs of customers.

“Our manufacturing facility in Solon supports customers who produce various kits and reagents for use in both food and beverage testing,” ​it said. 

“The site is serving as a contract manufacturer producing custom media blends in both liquid and powder forms that are further sold and distributed in the market for use in testing common foodborne pathogens. 

“The site also serves as a contract manufacturer for those companies who have developed molecular based technologies used in foodborne pathogen testing. The new facility now features a dedicated molecular work center and clean room area dedicated for this purpose.”

Contract manufacturing capabilities include custom products, supply chain and design solutions, high purity biochemicals, life science reagents and diagnostic kits.

The firm supports biopharma, life science, diagnostic and industrial customers by providing chemicals to support testing, production and contract manufacturing of custom goods.

Focus on better collaboration

VWR’s Global Manufacturing represents about 5% of company sales.

"The new location will enable better collaboration amongst our employees along with the opportunity for growth to meet market demand​," said Manuel Brocke-Benz, VWR's president and CEO.

"We are excited to continue enabling science by providing high quality liquid and powder chemical products to our customers."

Solon is one of nine manufacturing sites globally (six in North America and three in Europe). 

It was established in 1976 under the AMRESCO brand. Acquired by VWR in 2011, it is part of VWR's larger network of sites supporting the chemical manufacturing needs of customers. 

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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