Gov. John Carney and members of the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership Thursday paid a visit to Datwyler, the state’s newest manufacturer, for the signing of a proclamation marking Manufacturing Week in Delaware.
Datwyler last week cut the ribbon on the location across from the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Middletown.
The plant, which provides rubber-like sealing technologies for the pharmaceutical industry, was built from the ground up to provide the cleanest environment for seals, which can be subject to contamination.
The seals are used in commonly used items, such as syringes and containers.
Datwyleroperates paper-freeat the new site because cellulose from paperproducts is a potential contaminant.
Automation is used wherever possible to prevent contamination, according to Frank Schoubben, Middletown site director.
The need for clean environments isis growing, due to the greater precision required in producing drugs used in fighting varied forms of diseases, Schoubben said in a presentation.
Datwyer also operates a companion pharma packaging plant in Pennsauken, NJ.
Schoubben said the Delaware site was chosen because of its location in the Delaware Valley and the strong response from the state. When the plant is at full capacity, it is expected to employ 120.
The plant represents a $100 million investment by the Swiss-based company, which plans to do most of its hiring locally.
Datwyler has its roots as a Swiss rubber manufacturer that for a time made tires. It went on to produce components for the pharmaceutical, electric and automotive industries.