KINSTON, N.C. (July 1) — Medical components maker West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. held a ceremony July 1 to mark the start of its new plant project in Kinston and the eventual re-establishment of its compression molding operation there. West's Kinston plant was destroyed, five people were killed and dozens injured as a result of an explosion and fire on Jan. 29. West purchased a new 25-acre site and an unfinished 100,700-sq.-ft. facility—located about four miles away from the original plant—earlier this spring. The total cost of the project is about $16 million, the company said. Lionville, Pa.-based West plans to occupy the facility by the end of this year and have its compression molding operation up and running sometime in 2004. The noon ceremony included Donald E. Morel, West chairman and CEO; Senator (and presidential candidate) John Edwards (D-N.C.); U.S. Congressman Frank W. Balance Jr. (D-N.C.); and several local government officials.
West holds "groundbreaking" ceremony as new plant project begins
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