9/21/2017 – Exela Pharma Sciences receives state manufacturing award

Posted on: September 21st, 2017 by admin


September 21, 2017








(Photos courtesy of NCMEP)

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Exela Pharma Sciences has earned the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Award in the area of Developing Markets.


The award is sponsored by the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP), a public-private operating alliance working to help manufacturing companies become operationally efficient and well positioned to grow profitably.


Lenoir-based Exela was recognized by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper during a ceremony Wednesday at the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards at mfgCON in Winston-Salem. The state awards program recognizes manufacturers for their commitment to the North Carolina manufacturing sector, as proven by outstanding performance in the areas of Innovation, Sustainable Manufacturing, Advanced Talent Development, Developing Markets and Continuous Improvement.


“Our state’s manufacturers continue to expand and excel in performance, leading to sustained customer satisfaction,” said Phil Mintz, NCMEP director and executive director of N.C. State’s Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). “It is important that we continue to nurture and recognize the contributions of smaller plants as they lead the way in manufacturing growth and innovation throughout North Carolina.”


Exela manufactures 19 high-quality, sterile injectable pharmaceutical products in its state-of-the-art laboratories. Its life-saving pharmaceutical products are used to control blood pressure during surgery, to seal heart valve defects in neonatal premature babies, and to fight infection in severely immunocompromised patients, to name just a few of its applications.


Exela began its Lenoir operations 10 years ago with a handful of employees in a 5,000-square-foot building. Fast forward to 2017: the company now includes manufacturing space, a 140,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and 153,000 square feet of warehousing facilities. The company is currently undertaking a $25 million renovation of an 86,000-square-foot industrial building that will serve as its most advanced manufacturing facility.


”Exela is proud to be part of the growing manufacturing excellence in North Carolina,” Exela President and CEO Phanesh Koneru said. “Without the outstanding support of the City of Lenoir, Caldwell County and its Economic Development Commission, the State of North Carolina, and the United States Department of Agriculture throughout the many years, Exela could not have grown this rapidly.”


Exela has 250 employees whose average wages are 40 percent higher than the average for the county. The company recently announced plans to add an additional 40 full-time employees to its workforce over the next year.


“While we are proud of all of our manufacturing companies in Caldwell County, it is especially gratifying when one of them is recognized at the state level,” Caldwell County EDC Executive Director Deborah Murray said. “Exela exemplifies so much of what we have been trying to do in order to diversify our employment base and increase household incomes.”


Other award winners were:

  • Sustainable Manufacturing – Mirimichi Green, Wilmington
  • Advanced Talent Development – Fairystone Fabrics, Burlington
  • Innovation – Core Technology, Greensboro
  • Continuous Improvement – Aplix, Inc., Charlotte
  • Manufacturing Excellence – Eaton Corporation, Roxboro

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