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Menasha Packaging to expand Lakeville facility

BY Michael Johnsen

 

NEENAH, Wis. — Menasha Packaging on Wednesday announced that construction is underway on a more than 126,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and office space expansion at Menasha Packaging’s Lakeville, Minn., facility. The expansion will increase the facility by 50% and create Menasha Packaging’s first location with design, production and fulfillment all under one roof.
 
The expansion consists of an additional 121,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and 4,780 sq. ft. of office space. The manufacturing area addition will be used for kitting and fulfillment, and will include a rail dock. Upon completion, material flow will be simpler and require much less handling. The office space addition will house a new design center and customer collaboration area.
 
“The manufacturing and office space expansion to Menasha Packaging’s Lakeville plant will help the facility deliver faster service and better quality for our customers,” said Greg Theis, west region VP Menasha Packaging. “The Lakeville expansion also positions Menasha Packaging for continued growth, while providing the Lakeville team long-term flexibility to respond to customers’ changing needs in packaging and merchandising solutions.”
 
The Lakeville facility manufactures corrugated boxes, as well as designs and produces displays for consumer packaged goods companies. 
 
Construction on the two additions is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
 

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Walgreens announces Tdap vaccination voucher program in collaboration with Alaska health department

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccination voucher program, in collaboration with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, to help protect against pertussis (whooping cough). 
 
Vouchers are available to Alaskans ages 10 years and older, can be redeemed at any of Walgreens' six Anchorage area locations and are being offered as reported cases of whooping cough in Alaska are higher than in past years.
 
“We’re proud to partner with the Department of Health and Social Services on this important initiative to help protect more people, and an important segment of our population, from whooping cough,” said Justin Coyle, Alaska market pharmacy director for Walgreens. 
 
Walgreens pharmacists in Alaska can administer immunizations to anyone age 10 years and older.
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H.D. Smith names annual Trading Partners of the Year

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H. D. Smith on Monday announced the winners of its annual Trading Partners of the Year award, honoring select pharmaceutical and health products manufacturers who collaborate actively to grow the industry and advance patient care. Each award category recognizes two winners, based on criteria including trade volume, trade policies and overall sales, for excellence across each key H. D. Smith product area. 
 
This year’s Trading Partners of the Year are:
 
  • Brand and Specialty Pharmaceuticals: AstraZeneca and Eisai;
  • Generic Pharmaceuticals: Lupin Pharmaceuticals and Qualitest;
  • Health, Beauty and Wellness Products: Geiss, Destin and Dunn and The Emerson Group; and
  • Home Healthcare Products: First Quality and Allison Medical.
“H. D. Smith’s commitment to improving the quality, safety and cost of patient care goes hand-in-hand with building strong relationships with our industry partners,” said Chris Smith, president and COO of H. D. Smith. “Our mission and focus is providing best-in-class support for our manufacturing, pharmacy and health-system customers, and ultimately, the patients they care for across the country. Our connection with each trading partner is deeply valued, and because we know how much our partnership can benefit both organizations, we invite all trading partners to spend time with us each year. We collaborate and plan for the next year, together.”
 
The awards were presented during the 2014 H. D. Smith National Sales and Management Conference held Aug. 5-7 in Charleston, S.C.
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