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December 22, 2013

SterRx receives almost $800,000

PLATTSBURGH — A company that expects to create up to 80 jobs over two years also received funding in the most recent Regional Economic Development Council awards.

SterRx was awarded $794,580 as a priority project for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. The company is in the process of renovating the former Pfizer clinical supply packaging and warehousing facility at 141 Idaho Ave. on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in the Town of Plattsburgh.

Director of Manufacturing Terry Wiley said that money is a great help as they look to begin operation in the first quarter of 2014.

“We’re very appreciative of the support from the North Country Regional Economic Development Council for treating us as a priority project,” he said.

Wiley said Pfizer had invested heavily in the property and left most of that infrastructure in place, which has been a tremendous benefit as SterRx moves forward. 

It includes advanced air filtration systems and temperature-controlled storage areas. With Pfizer downsizing, they have been able to acquire equipment from a number of that company’s other facilities as well, he said.

‘TREMENDOUS POOL’

SterRx is an offshoot of Malone-based Asept Pak, which was founded by CEO Dr. Gary Hanley in 2005. That business, which specializes in pre-filled medical devices, has grown to 30 employees, 90 percent of whom are former Pfizer workers. 

“The pool of trained people is absolutely phenomenal,” Hanley said. “We’ve been very fortunate to attract some tremendous people.”

Wiley said the combination of infrastructure and workforce is like a “perfect storm” scenario.

A partnership with Clinton Community College for training programs geared toward employment at SterRx is expected to provide a steady stream of potential employees, with internships available as well.

The facility will be divided almost evenly between manufacturing and warehousing. The firm is in the process of installing a sophisticated water system that allows production of the purified water needed for a pharmaceutical operation.

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