West Pharmaceuticals, a Jersey Shore rubber manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry, is not only the highest producing plant of 32 for the company worldwide, they have also experienced about 20 percent growth since January, according to Matthew K. Feil, human resource manager with the company.
Of the items manufactured at the plant, rubber stoppers, which are rubber lids that fit into test tubes and boiling flasks, are key products that are manufactured at the plant.
So far, the plant has added about 52 employees since the beginning of the year, making the total a little more than 300.
Matthew K. Feil, human resource manager at
West Pharmaceuticals, is wearing the garb
used in the manufacturing plant.
By the time it is all said and done, Feil hopes to have hired more employees totally about 320 employees in all.
However, the building is expanding due to growth within the company.
"We are basically making more room for the facility and a lot of that involves a new entrance for employees, new visitor and customer entrance and locker rooms and a space for them to gown and prepare for the day," Feil said. "Most of it is based on the growth that we have had over the last six months."
The customer's experience is important to the company.
"One of the big focuses for us is on the customer experience when they come to our facility. We are audited all throughout the year from all of our customers. They come on site to look at all of our policies and procedures and also go through the manufacturing facility. It is critical. We have to meet their standards to maintain them as a customer and to meet or exceed their expectations," Feil said.
The rubber manufacturing plant has been in Jersey Shore since the early 1960s and receives raw materials and molds them into sheets of finished products, according to Feil.
The plant's secondary functions include vision inspection, adding coatings and sterilization, according to Feil.
In the rubber stopper market, the company has about 70 percent of the worldwide market and more than 80 million West products are used throughout the world daily, according to Feil.
Although the company has hired more than 50 people since January. Growth is creating more manufacturing positions, according to Feil.
"We are going to continue to hire. Anyone interested in submitting an application should come see us in person. They also need to bring with them their original high school diploma or GED or transcripts," Feil said. "Right now, we are at just over 300 employees. We expect about 320 employees (in all)."