PLATTSBURGH — A Malone company is expanding in Plattsburgh and plans to create 80 jobs within two years.
Asept Pak, which was founded in Malone in 2005 by Dr. Gary Hanley, has a lease with an option to buy the former Pfizer facility at 141 Idaho Ave. on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
The company uses advanced Rommelag blow-fill-seal machines to manufacture and fill vials and containers for pharmaceutical and other purposes in one operation, which reduces the risk of contamination.
Terry Wiley, head of manufacturing at Asept Pak, said the Plattsburgh facility will allow them to expand into the pharmaceutical market. The Plattsburgh branch of the company will be called SterRx.
Wiley said plans call for it to start operation by the end of this year or early next year. He said the first product will be an ophthalmic product they plan to market in the United States, Canada and certain other countries around the world.
“We are moving equipment in as we speak,” Wiley said Friday.
The company will continue its Malone operation, he said, where 30 employees and three machines are in place focusing on medical-device products. The Plattsburgh venture is an excellent opportunity for two main reasons, he noted.
In 2011, the firm won a contract to produce 220 million vials yearly for five years of a product for treatment of cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
The former Pfizer facility, at 50,000 square feet, has infrastructure already in place that is well suited for the pharmaceutical industry.
In addition, employees faced with the upcoming closure of the Rouses Point manufacturing plant have many of the skills needed for employment at SterRx. Wiley said SterRx will be looking for those with skills in laboratory chemistry, microbiology and pharmaceutical manufacturing, including both formulation and packaging.
“The timing couldn’t be better,” Wiley said. “They understand the industry.”