Hundreds of New Jobs to Lehigh Valley Region

Packaging Manufacturer Sharp, a subsidiary of UDG Healthcare plc Brings Hundreds of New Jobs to Lehigh Valley Region after Expanding with Third PA Location

April 2021: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Sharp, a global leader in advanced clinical supply chain services and contract pharmaceutical packaging with a strong presence in Pennsylvania, will expand operations at existing facilities in Allentown and Conshohocken and into a third facility in Macungie Borough, Lehigh County, retaining 1,092 current positions and creating 335 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.   Sharp, which is part of UDG Healthcare plc, has an international footprint with facilities in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands and has been delivering safe, high-quality, contract packaging services to the world’s biggest healthcare brands for more than 65 years.  

The company will increase its manufacturing capacity by upgrading and partially re-purposing some of its four-facility Allentown campus, upgrade and obtain new machinery and equipment for its two-facility Conshohocken site, and carry out building improvements and obtain new machinery and equipment at its recently acquired 170,000 sq. ft. facility in Macungie Borough.  “Sharp has a long history and a proven commitment to the Lehigh Valley area and we will continue to offer career opportunities and skills training within our local communities, as our employees deliver vital packaging services for our pharmaceutical clients,” said Sharp President Kevin Orfan.

Sharp received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $140,400 workforce development grant through the WEDnet program to help the company train workers, a $1.25 million Pennsylvania First grant, and $670,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC) to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs. The company has committed to investing $42.9 million into the project.  For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or www.dced.pa.gov .

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