WESTPORT – As September approaches, employees at the Nipro facility in Westport prepare to celebrate 25 years of glass vial production at that location.
Nipro, which entered the Westport community 25 years ago as Wheaton Tubing, employs approximately 110 people to facilitate the production of glass vials for injectable drugs used in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical fields. Because the vials are used to store and transport medical drugs, there are extremely strict quality requirements for the glass vials- requirements that Nipro staff have taken great pride in meeting or exceeding for more than two decades.
The Nipro team collaborates with its customers that manufacture drugs to provide glass vials that meet their exacting specifications. Nipro can count some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, the creators of many of the world’s most valuable life-saving drugs, among the customers of the Westport facility.
Nipro only has three factories in the entire United States that manufacture the glass vials for injectable drugs and less than a dozen similar facilities worldwide.
Nipro also produces glass vials used in the veterinary care industry to provide medicine to animals ranging from pets to livestock.
The factory hired mostly local workers when it opened under the banner of Wheaton Tubing in the fall of 1988. Over the years, the plant has grown into part of a world-class global operation as an important part of Nipro.
The company’s headquarters are located in Japan, with locations in France, Germany, Belgium, China and India.
Many people in the area still remember the humble beginnings of the facility as it grew and took shape. In fact, a number of employees will be celebrating their 25th year of employment at the factory this year. Their dedication to forming a lifelong career supporting the healthcare industry is much appreciated by the company.