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Pfizer Inc. is looking to Fill 200 New Positions in Portage

Monday, November 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
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PORTAGE, MI - Pfizer Inc. is looking to fill 200 new skilled trades, engineering and manufacturing jobs.

The jobs are related to work that is ongoing at its mammoth pharmaceutical manufacturing plant at 7000 Portage Road, as well as the expansion it announced there in 2016.

Company officials pegged the cost of the two-part expansion at $145 million last year. But last week they estimated that one part would total about $108 million and the other about $42 million.

"Yes, there are 200 new budgeted positions for 2018," said Robert Betzig, site leader for Pfizer Global Supply in Portage. "But if you think of a site our size, 2,300 colleagues, and think of the Baby Boom wave coming through, there are colleagues (company workers) who will be retiring."

He said some are leaving for other reasons but most will be retirements.

"We're probably talking another 200," he said. "That's what we're thinking. ... So 200 new (positions), plus 200 replacements. You're probably really talking about 400."

He said it has not been uncommon for the manufacturing facility to refill about 150 positions during a calendar year.

Pfizer Global Manufacturing in Portage makes active pharmaceutical ingredients for other Pfizer locations and other pharmaceutical makers. APIs are the key formulations that make medicines work. The majority of the site's work is production of  sterile injectable medicines that are often used in life-saving situations.

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