Animal health company expanding, adding 144 jobs

Virbac, a manufacturer and distributor of animal health products, plans to invest $37.9 million to expand its Bridgeton facility and create 144 jobs, Gov. Jay Nixon’s office said Tuesday.

Virbac, a French firm, will be eligible to receive $5 million through the state’s Missouri Works incentives program, through which companies retain state withholding tax from new jobs, and $400,000 through the Missouri Works Training program, which provides funds to companies for training, if it meets job creation criteria, said Amy Susan, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The investment comes as the company works to improve the Bridgeton plant’s quality standards after a 2014 inspection by the Food and Drug Administration, which found that the plant didn’t meet its manufacturing standards set for pharmaceutical production.

A Virbac spokesman said the company currently employs 236 people in Bridgeton. Of the 144 jobs being added, 54 have already been filled, he said. The spokesman said Virbac plans to employ 326 people in Bridgeton by the end of 2016.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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