Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, and Aphena Pharma Solutions LLC officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 15, that the company will expand its Cookeville operations and plans to create 160 new jobs over the next five years.
Gov. Lee said, “We strive to create a business-friendly environment that ensures the growth and success of existing Tennessee companies. We’re grateful for Aphena Pharma Solutions’ ongoing commitment to Tennessee and the additional 160 jobs that will be created in Putnam County as a result of this project.”
To keep up with growing customer demand, Aphena will invest $21 million to renovate and retrofit an existing facility located at 1976 Chocolate Drive in Cookeville. The 500,000-square-foot renovated facility will allow Aphena to consolidate two of its three Putnam County locations while accommodating future growth areas in biologic packaging, cold chain storage, and 3PL distribution services.
Shawn Reilley, CEO of Aphena Pharma Solutions, said, “Aphena is thrilled to be expanding our operations and service offerings in Putnam County and the great state of Tennessee. We are a dedicated cGMP manufacturing and packaging company serving the world’s leading healthcare manufacturers. Our centralized location is ideal for national distribution, and our company will service our customers with the highest level of expertise and care.”
Aphena Pharma Solutions is a pharma service provider specializing in contract packaging and manufacturing for the pharmaceutical, over-the-counter, and medical device industries.
Headquartered in Cookeville since 2002, Aphena employs more than 400 people in Putnam County.
State Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) said, “This is very exciting news for Cookeville. We congratulate Aphena Pharma Solutions and thank them for their continued confidence in our exceptional workforce. I also appreciate the hard work done by our state and local officials to create an environment where companies can grow and invest in our communities. It is a pleasure to partner with them in this effort.”
Since 2015, TNECD has supported 11 economic development projects in Putnam County, totaling nearly 2,000 job commitments and more than $258 million in capital investment.
TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said, “Tennessee’s healthcare industry has seen a 15% growth in employment over the past five years, which would not be possible without the many successful companies that choose to operate in our state. We thank Aphena Pharma Solutions’ for its commitment to create more than 150 new family wage jobs in the Upper Cumberland.”