GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A pharmaceutical company is bringing more employment opportunities to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Geri-Care Pharmaceuticals Gulfport operation is growing.
Inside Geri-Care’s building on Hwy. 49, a wide variety of pharmaceutical products are made every day before being shipped across the country.
“If you take an antacid in Mississippi or in America, it was probably made in Gulfport,” said Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.
Elliot Shindler from New York first brought his company to the Coast eight years ago.
“We fell in love with the people of Gulfport and the work ethic is phenomenal,” Shindler said. In 2015 Shindler purchased a rundown factory space next to Geri-Care’s existing plant.
Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Gov. Phil Bryant, the company announced the property has been transformed into a fully updated 200,000 square foot facility. The new manufacturing space is set to be utilized by up to 200 new employees, who will make a variety of pharmaceutical products including over the counter medications for Walmart, Walgreens and CVS.
“We had a meeting last night with some of the industry leaders telling us which products there are shortages of,” Shindler said. “We have plans for how we can bring in new products.”
Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said the city plans to work with Geri-Care to ensure the manufacturer has a solid base of employees from the area for years to come.
“We’re even talking to them about maybe doing some internships, so we can figure out what type of training they need us to give to our kids and future workers, so they’ll have a readily available workforce,” said Hewes.
Shindler said expanding the Gulfport plant is an example of his company’s commitment to creating new jobs in America.
In addition to the Gulfport facility, Geri-Care also operates a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in New York.
No timeline was given for when the new jobs will be available.