SITE DEVELOPMENT COULD CREATE 600 NEW JOBS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS
AMGEN EMPLOYS 1,300 ADDITIONAL WORKERS FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
For Immediate Release
Juncos, Puerto Rico. - March 20, 2003 - Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN), the world's largest biotechnology company, announced its plans to invest $800 million over the next three to five years to create a biotechnology center for bulk manufacturing in Juncos, Puerto Rico. The site will include manufacturing plants for key biologics, full testing quality analytical laboratories, a new syringe line facility, high-speed packaging capability, warehouses and administration buildings. The announcement was made by Kevin Sharer, Amgen's chairman and chief executive officer, at the Juncos site.
Sharer said, "Amgen is committed to Puerto Rico for many reasons, including the quality of the people in the region, the existing business climate, Amgen's 10-year track record in Juncos, the outstanding quality and compliance record the site has achieved, and the excellent relationship Amgen has experienced with the government, the community, and academia." Sharer said that Amgen is growing worldwide, and the increased demand for new and existing Amgen products requires that the company build these new facilities.
It is anticipated that the new center will create jobs for about 600 people over the next four years, increasing Amgen's workforce here to about 1,000 people. The current construction project now employs approximately 1,300. Worldwide, Amgen has more than 10,000 staff members.
To help ensure the successful recruitment and education of staff over the next several years, Amgen has donated $100,000 for The Amgen Biotechnology Learning Center at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (RUM). The center will be available to undergraduate students, high school teachers and professionals.
The $800 million investment announced today was included in Amgen's December 12, 2002 guidance of a total of $1.3 to $1.5 billion for capital spending projects for 2003.
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Contact: Amgen, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
Barbara Bronson Gray (media)
Cary Rosansky (investors)
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