Building New Manufacturing Facility Near Covington, Georgia
Baxter's largest-ever expansion is well under way. Significant progress has been made on the more than $1 billion, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Covington, Georgia.
As of October 2014, most of the buildings, which cover more than 1 million square feet, are weather tight and the facility's various utilities – electricity, natural gas, water, purified water, compressed air and sewer – are in various stages of completion and start-up. The Central Utility Building that houses those utility systems will be the first building to be fully operational with an anticipated start-up date in early 2015.
The bulk of the construction efforts are currently focused on interior and mechanical construction, including equipment installation. The number of construction personnel on site is expected to peak at 2,000 or more in November or December 2015.
The integrated campus includes three main manufacturing components, as well as support components such as warehouse and utilities buildings, administrative facilities and laboratories.
Construction is expected to finish in 2016. Licensing and ramp-up activities leading up to commercial production will begin in early 2015 and continue through 2017. The plan is for the site to be fully operational by early 2018.
The new plasma fractionation facility will bring Baxter additional capacity for testing, purification and fill and finish for its biologic medications, include immunoglobulin therapy for patients with immune deficiencies and albumin products, which are primarily used as plasma-volume replacement therapy in critical care, trauma and burn patients.
The project is expected to create a total of 1,500 full-time positions in Georgia and more than 2,000 jobs in total across multiple U.S. locations.
Baxter has hired two construction management firms – Fluor EPCM Services and Turner Construction Company – to manage this process. Baxter is not involved in the construction job hiring process. Fluor and Turner will chose subcontractors, and those subcontractors will hire skilled trade and construction workers. Currently, we have around 1,900 construction personnel on-site on a daily basis.
As of October 2014, there are more than 250 full-time Baxter employees on board, with a goal of having approximately 300 Baxter employees on board by the end of the year. Hiring focus for the balance of 2014 will be in Maintenance, Manufacturing, Quality, Quality Control Lab and Validation. We continue to hold interview events throughout the state of Georgia. Additionally, we participate in various career fairs throughout the region. Job candidates can review open positions any time by visiting Baxter's career site at http://jobs.baxter.com/georgia-jobs.
In addition, the state of Georgia is building the state-owned Georgia BioScience Training Center adjacent to the Baxter facility. The facility, which will be around 50,000 square feet in size, will be operated by Georgia Quick Start and used to provide biotechnology job training to future employees of Baxter and other companies in the life sciences industry. The training center is expected to be completed in early 2015.
To send us information about the products and services your company can provide to Baxter for the Covington project, please visit http://www.baxter.com and click on Suppliers. Alternatively, e-mail Baxter directly at PSMCovington@baxter.com. In your e-mail message, please include company name, address, contact information (phone, fax, email and website) and type of product or services provided.
If there is a need for your product or services, you will be contacted directly. Due to the number of submissions, we regret that we are unable to respond to follow-up inquiries.
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