Animal products manufacturer, AIM member, adding 144 jobs in Bridgeton

From the St. Louis Business Journal

Associated Industries of Missouri member 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.

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.

Nixon’s office said Virbac offers products in the heartworm, tick and flea, dermatology, antibiotic, endocrinology, senior care, behavior, critical care nutrition and oral hygiene markets.

“Virbac already has a strong foundation and partnership with Missouri and Bridgeton,” Paul Hays, president & CEO of Virbac Corp., said in a statement. “We hope to further that relationship by bringing even more research, development, manufacturing and distribution career opportunities to the area.”

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