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Corning Plans New Manufacturing Plant in North Carolina

April 5, 2018

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Corning Plans New Manufacturing Plant in North Carolina
A Corning Valor Glass Lab. Image courtesy of Corning Inc.

Specialty materials and technology manufacturer Corning Inc. plans to invest in a new manufacturing plant in North Carolina to increase the firm’s production capacity for Valor Glass pharmaceutical packaging.

“Making this next-generation product requires a new, advanced manufacturing platform. We are proud to build this high-volume manufacturing facility for Valor Glass in Durham County,” the firm’s chairman, chief executive officer, and president Wendell P. Weeks said in a press release Wednesday.

Valor Glass is a packaging technology that offers reduced cracking, breakage, and a lower risk of contamination by glass particles Corning initiated a program in mid-2017 to collaborate with drug makers Pfizer and Merck on testing the glass. U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the White House Office of American Innovation praised the three firms' combined efforts on Valor Glass in a statement on Jul. 20, 2017.

“We are proud to have partnered with Corning to advance this revolutionary new glass for medicines that are critical to patients. Our ongoing testing at several of our major sterile injectable U.S. manufacturing sites continues to show promise, and we continue to work with Corning to assess the full potential of this new, innovative glass,” Pfizer Global Supply Executive Vice President and President Kristen Lund-Jurgensen said in a statement.

The company expects to hire some 300 workers for the new plan, and said the project is part of a $500 million investment effort announced in July of last year to invest in its U.S. Sited next to an existing Corning Life Sciences facility in Durham County, the new plant is expected to begin operation by the end of 2019. 

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