Drug manufacturer could bring 200 jobs

Published on Thu, Aug 28, 2008
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Drug manufacturer could bring 200 jobs

Plans for a new pharmaceutical manufacturing facility on Odell Road could bring as many as 150 to 200 jobs to Blaine.

The Canadian company, Viva Pharmaceuticals, has set its sights on 7.8 acres on Odell Road for a 250,000-square foot manufacturing facility. Blaine planners said construction on the project is scheduled to begin as soon as September 15.

Although a SEPA review to comply with the State Environmental Protection Act has not yet been completed, Blaine planner Michael Jones said the facility could bring as many as 200 highly-skilled jobs to the area. Those could include technical jobs, general warehousing, lab jobs and manufacturing jobs. The project's completion date is anticipated in late 2009.

The company is the B.C.'s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer with annual revenues are close to $10 million, according to information posted on the Richmond Chamber of Commerce's web site.

Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic said he thought the project would be a huge benefit to the city both in terms of job creation and helping maintain a quality business environment. The company, although large, is family-owned and operated, he said.

“They’ve been very involved in the community in Richmond, B.C. and they appear to be very generous in helping local hospitals and other amenities. They seem to be good, solid business people,” he said.

The city has extended the public comment period until September 5.

For more information about the project, visit the city of Blaine’s website at www.cityofblaine.com. The website of Viva Pharmaceuticals is www.vivapharm.com.