EDQ Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2015 - Page 4

2015 ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR N ORAMCO, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was formed in 1979 to design, construct and manage a bulk active pharmaceutical ingredient plant in Wilmington, Delaware to support Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical's Tylenol® with codeine business. In 1982, an expansion of the company occurred with a site added in Athens, Georgia and NORAMCO now contributes to a billion dollar franchise in pharmaceutical products worl dwide. Specifically the Athens, GA site which employs 210 employees has maintained a positive economic impact of over 20 million dollars including employment and community service programs. NORAMCO’s excellence in manufacturing goes back to the source of raw material. They are the only US manufacturer vertically integrated backwards to the field. This means that they maintain a distinctive and reliable supply chain for their opiatederived API’s (active pharmaceutical ingredients) by developing and growing their own patented poppy strain. To support their booming business, Noramco employs a global API supply chain, manages dual US facilities and utilizes affiliate and partner sites in Switzerland, Belgium, UK, and Australia. Athens Technical College President Dr. Flora Tydings (3rd from left) presents Susan Daniel, Sandra Mathis & Dominique De Jaeger (all NORAMCO) with the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Industry Appreciation Dinner on April 8, 2015. Additional programs supported by NORAMCO employees include the Adopt-A-Highway, Rivers Alive, American Red Cross, Empowered Youth Program, Prevent Child Abuse Athens, Power of the Purse (a women’s leadership program), and the Georgia 4-H Foundation. NORAMCO has a reputation as an excellent corporate citizen and was recently recognized with an O.W.L. Award (Outstanding Workforce Leader) by the Athens Technical College Foundation. Noramco has developed valuable partnerships with educational institutions, from kindergarten through college, and has donated time and funds to various local charitable organizations. Some of the volunteer efforts of NORAMCO employees and management team include the Military Youth Advisory Council, Boy Scouts, YMCA, the American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Athens Regional and St. Mary’s Hospitals, Day of Caring Program, and the Angel Tree. NORAMCO management supports these efforts in multiple ways including issuing leave hours in exchange for employee involvement in For example, NORAMCO is a tremendous supporter of the volunteer service to the community. United Way of Northeast Georgia. The average donation for the United Way is $250 per employee. The Athens NORAMCO site Education partnerships include Athens Technical College and the employees almost double that amount at close to $500 a head. K-12 community. NORAMCO recognizes and embraces their role Employees and the management team are also one of the in working together with educational entities to have a skilled biggest contributors consistently to the March of Dimes. and qualified work force. Their partnership with Athens Tech led to NORAMCO being awarded the Outstanding Workforce Dominique De Yaeger, General Manager, has shared how very Leadership Award by the Athens Technical College Foundation. proud he is of his employees and team members. Dominique has personally stated that his employees and management team This has been an exciting year for NORAMCO. Along with their truly rally around community causes. One such cause includes local awards and community achievements, the company also is employee Sam Salamone who was a member of LEAD Athens anticipating the release of innovative new products. A new line and along with three other members, they created an event and of bio-absorbable hemostat cloths which are used to stop fundraiser called Automatic for Autism. Autism is the fastest bleeding during and after surgical procedures is awaiting growing disability in the United States. With the help of the approval and will result in a $25 million investment. The Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Athens program and NORAMCO company is working on getting a Kickstart project approved. member, Sam Salamone, an endowment fund at the University of Georgia has been created to offset costs for families that cannot afford the necessary clinical support for autistic children. 4 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT www.AthensBusiness.org 706-613-3233 4 4