Two Suffolk pharmaceutical firms look to expand

Contract Pharmacal Corp., at 135 Adams Ave. in

Contract Pharmacal Corp., at 135 Adams Ave. in Hauppauge. Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

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Long Island's pharmaceutical industry is bulking up again.

Contract Pharmacal Corp. last week signed an agreement to buy 145 Oser Ave. in Hauppauge for an undisclosed amount, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. They requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

The 70,000-square-foot building, owned by Jaco Electronics Inc., is near Contract Pharmacal's six other facilities. It makes generic over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and dietary supplements for pharmaceutical giants and retailers.

The move comes as the company embarks on its third expansion in five years: conversion of a mezzanine area inside 135 Adams Ave. to production. That $2.5-million project will add at least 40 workers to a payroll of 900. Contract Pharmacal is owned by the Wolf family. Top executives were out of the country Wednesday and could not be reached.

The pending purchase of 145 Oser Ave. by Contract Pharmacal comes after sale of the property to the Jobin Organization fell through, attorneys said. Jobin, a manufacturer of wall panels, had hoped to move from Farmingdale.

Separately, Rochem International Inc. wants to buy a 60,061-square-foot building at 45 Rasons Ct., also in Hauppauge.

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The ingredients supplier to drug manufacturers, including local players, has outgrown its 10,660-square-foot office and warehouse in Ronkonkoma.

John Mucci, operations vice president, told the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency Wednesday that Rochem hopes to produce drug ingredients locally; most now come from China, where 12 of the company's 39 employees are based. It expects to add five workers by 2016.

Suffolk IDA agreed to provide $335,403 in tax breaks, including a cut in property taxes over 10 years.

Noting the multiple expansions by local drugmakers, IDA board member Grant Hendricks said, "This industry is our future."

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