Oxford Pharmaceuticals unveiled its new $29.4 million pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Birmingham that will create up to 200 new jobs. The startup pharmaceutical company cut the ribbon on a 120,000-square-foot facility on a 24-acre site in the Jefferson Metropolitan Park at Lakeshore in Birminingham.
Oxford first announced its plan to build a generic drug manufacturing plant in Birmingham in 2014. Several elected officials spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony, highlighting how the new venture will have a positive impact on Birmingham and the state of Alabama.
“Oxford Pharmaceuticals is an English company that could have gone anywhere in the world,” Mayor William Bell said. “But with great resources like the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Southern Research, it was a perfect fit. This new development gives residents another opportunity to make a difference in the Birmingham workforce and improve the quality of life for everyone in the city.”
Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington praised the teamwork to bring Oxford to Birmingham.
“This venture was brought to life for Oxford Pharmaceuticals through effective collaboration and teamwork and will influence growth in the county for years to come,” said Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington. “Other manufacturing companies will see the resources available to them here like Innovation Depot or UAB and be drawn to Jefferson County in the future.”
Oxford worked closely with the Alabama Department of Commerce, AIDT, the City of Birmingham, the Jefferson County Commission, the Jefferson County Economic Industrial Development Authority and the Birmingham Business Alliance to craft the incentive package that brought Oxford to Birmingham. The company received a total of $4.9 million in state, county and city incentives.
“Through initiatives like our Accelerate Alabama Plan and great leadership, companies like Oxford Pharmaceuticals can flourish in the state of Alabama,” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said. “It truly makes our state better when companies like this thrive.”
Since the company aims to begin production in September, Oxford Pharmaceuticals is currently recruiting employees to fill various roles, such as manufacturing technician; regulatory affairs manager; custodian; QC chemist; and microbiologist. AIDT will assist the company in its recruiting, screening and training programs. Oxford Pharmaceuticals will be hiring in several phases and available jobs can be found at http://www.aidt.edu/jobs/.