Merck to invest $168 million to expand Elkton manufacturing operation

economic-forecast-headerMerck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, a global health care leader, will invest $168 million to expand its manufacturing operation near the Town of Elkton in Rockingham County.

Over a period of time, Merck will upgrade plant infrastructure, add manufacturing-related facilities and equipment, and undertake a personnel training initiative to support the bioprocessing environment.



“Merck began operations in Elkton in 1941,” said Brandon Brega, associate vice president and Elkton plant manager, Merck Manufacturing Division. “Now, nearly 75 years later, we are proud to be building on the strong roots we have established in Elkton, knowing that our operations here play an important role in enabling Merck to fulfill its mission of helping the world be well by bringing our innovative, high-quality medicines to more patients around the world.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Rockingham County and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. The state approved a $1.3 million performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies.Funding and services to support the company’s employee retraining activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“We have a long history with the company, and this expansion proves, once again, that success can be found here,” said Rockingham County Board of Supervisors Chairman William B. Kyger. “We congratulate the entire Merck team for this accomplishment and look forward to supporting them as they continue to develop high-quality medicines for the world.”

“We are all very pleased that Merck will be spending $168 million to upgrade and expand its facility,” said Delegate Robert Bell. “Merck has provided jobs to Valley residents for generations and plays an important role in the Elkton economy.  We look forward to its continued success.”

“Announcements such as this reflect the hard work and dedication of the state and localities partnering together with private business to create good-paying job opportunities for Virginia’s workforce,” said Senator Emmett Hanger. “Merck has been a good corporate citizen here in the Valley for generations. They are environmentally conscious, they value their employees, and they are at the forefront internationally in developing and manufacturing pharmaceuticals that are making a difference in the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. It is great news that they are renewing their commitment to Virginia through this planned investment.”


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