Building New Manufacturing Facility Near Covington, Georgia
Since Baxter announced in April 2012 that the company is building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Covington, Ga. to support growth of its plasma-based treatments, there has been much progress on the facility's construction to date. As of June 2014, all electricity, natural gas, water and sewer connections at the site are complete. Steel construction, roofs and exteriors of the buildings are also nearly complete. The construction team is currently focusing on mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation in preparation for opening the Central Utilities Building.
The integrated campus includes three main manufacturing components, as well as support components such as warehouse and utilities buildings, administrative facilities and laboratories. The initial phase of development is approximately one million total gross square feet. The timeline on the project spans several years with commercial production scheduled to begin in 2018.
The new plasma fractionation facility will bring Baxter additional capacity for testing, purification, and fill and finish for its biologic medications. The Baxter products that will be manufactured at the Covington facility 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.
Baxter expects capital investments at the site to exceed $1 billion by the time the facility is fully operational in 2018. 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 approximately 1,500 contractors on-site on a daily basis. This varies with activities and weather, but the number will ramp up as the year progresses.
As of June 2014, there are approximately 200 full-time permanent Baxter employees in Covington with a goal of having 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.
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.
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