A Winchester manufacturing plant will grow and create jobs in the near future.
According to a press release from Gov. Andy Beshear’s office, Catalent Inc., located in the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Park, plans a $175 million investment to expand its existing operation and add a new research and development facility in Clark County, creating an estimated 277 jobs.
“It’s always great to see existing businesses expand in Kentucky, but it’s even better when that growth includes great jobs for our residents,” Beshear said. “Catalent has been an important part of the Winchester community and the creation of 277 good paying jobs will strengthen its presence in Clark County for years to come. Thank you to Catalent’s leadership for continuing to create great job opportunities in our state.”
Local leaders weighed in on the announcement.
“Our Winchester/Clark County community is very pleased to be working with Catalent on another expansion,” said Clark County Executive Judge Henry Branham. “They continually work with our local governments to increase quality of life opportunities for our citizens. They are a wonderful corporate citizen and we are fortunate to have them in our community.”
Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner echoed those sentiments.
“The Winchester and Clark County community is pleased that Catalent has chosen to expand its operations here, thereby adding many new, high-paying jobs and investments to our business and economic base,” said Burtner. “Catalent is an important corporate citizen and we highly value their investment and contributions to our community.”
Catalent partners with pharmaceutical, biotech and consumer health companies to optimize the development, launch and lifecycle delivery of products to patients around the world. The company opened its doors in Winchester in 1992 and broke ground on a 15,000-square-foot office expansion in November 2021.
The company’s existing 190,000-square-foot Winchester facility on Enterprise Dr. will grow 90,000 square feet to increase manufacturing capacity within its oral dosage division. The company also plans to acquire a nearly 17,000-square-foot facility on Venable Rd. that will house its research and development operations. Work on the project is expected to begin this year and be completed in 2027.
Company leadership noted that the strong workforce and excellent quality of life in Clark County and the Commonwealth are advantages to locating the expansion at the existing Winchester operation that employs more than 650 people on-site.
“We look forward to continuing to invest and grow in Winchester,” said Chris Rosenbaum, general manager for Catalent in Winchester. “The state of Kentucky’s talented workforce, tight-knit community and business environment provide significant advantages for Catalent’s future growth.”