Local company expands in Lenoir County

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. is expanding its business.

The company plans to invest $19 million dollars over the next year. West Pharmaceutical is known for manufacturing, packaging and delivery systems for pharmaceuticals. Lenoir County Executive Director Mark Pope says this puts Kinston on the map.

“Connected to an investment like this and the eyes of the pharmaceuticals seeing this and eastern North Carolina can supply the jobs and have so much impact and it’s a domino effect,” Pope said.

In 2003, the company experienced an explosion at the Kinston location that killed six people and injured more than 38 people.  The company re-built at the Industrial Park.

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