Aphena celebrates new Chocolate Drive facility

(Photo / Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber)

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

COOKEVILLE – This week, local officials and business leaders joined Aphena Pharma Solutions in celebrating the acquisition and renovation of its new 500,000 square-foot facility on Chocolate Drive, a part of the company’s $21 million expansion of its Cookeville operations.

The expansion, which was first announced in September 2020, includes the acquisition of the former Russell Stover building that has been purpose-built for FDA manufacturing and packaging operations and represents Aphena’s expansion into biologics, cold chain storage and third-party logistics distribution, with 47,000 square feet of cold chain storage available.

The new facility allows Aphena to further grow the company’s bottle packaging capacity by installing 10 high-speed bottling lines to start, for solid-based products including tablets, capsules, caplets, soft gels and gel caps. Aphena’s future plan is to install 30 more high-speed lines in the new facility, pushing monthly capacity to over 80 million bottles and becoming a strategic partner in the pharmaceutical solid dose packaging industry.

For more information about available careers at Aphena, see https://aphenapharma.com/careers.

Michelle Price is the former managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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