GSK in Hamilton invests $100M to expand manufacturing

(KPAX) GlaxoSmithKline announced $100 million of new investment in its manufacturing site in Hamilton.

The expansion will expand the production capacity of key components of the adjuvant system used in several of GSK’s vaccines, including their Shingles vaccine,  SHINGRIX, which was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in October 2017.

In a press release, GSK reports for more than 20 years, GSK has been innovating in adjuvant systems and has developed vaccines to help prevent malaria and shingles that utilize adjuvant systems to help achieve a stronger immune response.

The Hamilton vaccines facility currently manufactures components of GSK’s essential adjuvant technologies, which this investment will expand further.

“For more than a decade, our Hamilton facility has supported GSK’s adjuvant system development program,” said Jack Bailey, President, US Pharmaceuticals, GSK. “By expanding the adjuvant system production capabilities in Hamilton, we will continue to deliver long-term and sustainable supply for key vaccines, including SHINGRIX.”

GSK says over the next few years, the Hamilton site expansion is expected to add a combination of temporary construction and contracting jobs, as well as new permanent positions, including scientists, engineers and manufacturing and quality professionals.

“Thanks to the bi-partisan support of Governor Steve Bullock and the congressional delegation – Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte – Montana is emerging as a hub for the biotechnology industry,” said Bailey. “GSK is grateful for their leadership and the opportunity they have given us to create new jobs and expand our footprint in the state.”

Sen. Steve Daines: “I’m thrilled to see GSK making such a big investment in Hamilton. This expansion will create Montana jobs and will be a boost to the local economy. I look forward to continuing to work with GSK and seeing their company thrive!”

Hamilton is one of nine GSK manufacturing sites in the United States, and 86 sites globally, that produce a variety of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.