LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Senior executives of Evonik Industries toured the newly acquiredTippecanoe Labs in Shadeland on Friday. Evonik presidentThomas Bates and Senior Vice president Hans-Joseph Ritzert touredthe facility and met with workers.
Tippe Labs General Manager Larry McShane said employee reactionto the sale this week has been enthusiastic.
"The evolution that's going on in the pharmaceutical industry isdriving innovation primarily, and manufacturing needs to be managedby manufacturing entities. And, Evonik is a manufacturing entity,and that's why Tippecanoe Laboratories fits so well in thatcorporation," McShane said.
Evonik now has 33 manufacturing facilities in North America. Inits physical size, at 2,300 acres, the Tippecanoe Laboratoriesbecome the largest. Senior Vice President Hans-Joseph Ritzert saidEvonik does plan to expand the labs' output and possibly itsemployment. But he said it's too early for specifics.
"First of all, we have huge capacities here. First of all, wehave to fill this capacity. But, of course, our perspective is todefinitely grow the site. We are ready to invest here and, but thefirst priority is to fill the existing capacities with the existingworkforce and then we'll see in the next couple years how we cangrow the site, too," Ritzert said.
Evonik president Thomas Bates said Tippecanoe Labs is hiscompany's first pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. He would notdiscuss future hiring, either, but said the company is inmanufacturing for the long haul.
"This site has plenty of room, this site has talented people,and I for one am absolutely convinced that America can continue tocompete in manufacture. I refuse to accept that we're going to losemanufacturing to other places. It's up to us to be smart enough andcommitteed enough to keep manufacturing a critical part of theAmerican economy for many years to come," Bates said.
Tippecanoe Labs' General Manager Larry McShane said the dealwith Evonik had been in the works for about one year.
A woman is robbed in Lafayette while on the side of the road by her truck.
A former Frankfort middle school principal is arrested for his part in what police call a child sex abuse case.
Almost Home is saying goodbye to their executive director. The Humane Society says "they wish her well in her new endeavors."