PCI Builds Out Cold Chain, Serialization Capacity

Packaging Coordinators, Inc. has expanded cold chain storage capacity and built out serialization services for pharmaceutical companies moving forward with serialization this year and next.
In recent investment activity--three months after the acquisition of AndersonBrecon, Inc.-- the contract packager (www.pciservices.com) has added packaging lines and new hires supporting business growth.
At Rockford, IL, PCI has expanded 2-8 degree C cold chain storage capacity by 250 pallet spaces bringing cold chain capacity at Rockford to over 1000 pallets, says Justin Schroeder, senior director, marketing and development services, PCI.
“This segment of our business has flourished in North America and Europe with the growth of biotech products and clinical investigational drugs. We anticipate continued cold chain expansion across several sites in the remainder of 2013 and 2014,” Schroeder says.
Philadelphia, PA-based PCI is experiencing its fourth straight year of significant growth in the greater Rockford area where it operates nine facilities. Since January 2012, 160 new associates have been hired in management and hourly positions, the company has reported.
Peter Belden has been named as general manager of the Rockford- based facilities which support pharmaceutical and biotech packaging services for clinical and commercial medicines, as well as medical device and consumer healthcare products. Belden was previously senior vice president of sales and marketing at Rockford, and headed the PCI operations in Hay-on-Wye, Wales in the United Kingdom.
PCI has recently added multiple Uhlmann blistering lines and multiple IMA/Nova bottling lines at the Rockford sites in support of anticipated growth, Schroeder says.
“The growth we have experienced has really been across categories.  We have had several opportunities in the OTC space that have warranted capital expansions for blistering lines.  Additional growth in ethical products has us investing in additional bottling lines to accommodate that expansion. We are seeing growth at the Philadelphia, Woodstock, and Wales sites as well,” Schroeder says.
PCI has partnered with Xyntek-Antares for serialization integration. “We are expanding our serialization services to support several top-20 pharmaceutical companies that are pushing forward with commercial serialization in 2013/2014. This entails many primary and secondary packaging lines and is quite a substantial investment for PCI across all our sites,” Schroeder says.
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