Unipharm executives and local and state officials participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of Unipharm’s new Waterbury division on Friday, October 19th. Unipharm, Inc. is a privately owned New York City-based pharmaceutical company specializing in the manufacturing, development and marketing of quality, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, vitamins, supplements and nutritional products.  The new $3 million Waterbury facility will occupy approximately 47,000 sq. ft. of space in a 54,000 sq. ft. industrial building located in the Captain Neville Industrial Park.  The property is owned by KFM Progress Lane Realty, LLC which occupies the building’s remaining 7,000 sq. ft.

   Unipharm has made a sizeable investment into its Waterbury facility.  Consisting of renovations to the building that allow the company to perform operations in a clean environment; the acquisition of equipment for bottling and blistering of their vitamins and supplements, and recently they hired 23 people many of whom live in Waterbury.  Two more production lines will be installed during the next several months with additional construction and equipment needed, as well as people to run production.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, middle, Unipharm COO Robert Sires, left, Unipharm General Manager Christopher Adamo made the official snip to open Unipharm for business.

Unipharm COO Robert Sires placed this positive message on the podium before the press conference began. The message can also reflect the philosophy of Mayor O’Leary’s efforts to recruit new business and manufacturing to Waterbury. In the first ten months of his administration there have been more manufacturing companies recruited to the city than in the previous decade.