Infant formula maker files for $8M local plant expansion

Infant formula maker files for $8M local plant expansion

It appears PBM Covington, LLC, a subsidiary of Perrigo Nutritionals, is planning a facility expansion at its Covington plant in Miami County.

Perrigo Nutritionals/Shambaugh & Son filed an application for a Miami County building permit for an $8 million “infant formula equipment tower” at PBM’s 400 Hazel St. plant, records show.

The tower would cover 2,078 square feet, according to the filing.

Perrigo calls itself the “only global company with a mix of generic over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals, nutritional products and active pharmaceutical ingredients.”

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A spokeswoman for Perrigo released a brief statement Friday afternoon, saying, “To meet the needs of our consumers and customers, we are expanding our infant formula facility in Covington, Ohio, which is a reflection of the great local workforce and welcoming community in which we work and live.”

She declined to offer details about the expansion. 

The 400 Hazel St. plant had been a Kerry Inc. facility that was taken over by PBM Holdings, then a Gordonsville, Va.-based supplier of infant formula, a decade ago.

In 2010, Allegan Mich.-based Perrigo Co. then took over PBM in a $808 million cash deal.

At the time of the 2009 acquisition of the Hazel Street facility, PBM had about 500 employees worldwide and a history of acquiring facilities and growing employment. At that time, PBM produced Walmart’s “Parent’s Choice” formula brands.

Covington is about 10 miles northwest of Troy.

Shambaugh & Son is a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based design and build firm.

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