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Aug 19, 2011
SHREVEPORT – Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Vice President Paul Granberry to mark the company’s milestone of surpassing the 200-job mark at its Caddo Parish pharmaceutical facility. In late 2009, Dr. Reddy’s announced it would make a $16.5 million capital investment to increase capacity for existing products and to add capacity for new products. The original announcement projected 73 new jobs joining 161 retained jobs at Dr. Reddy’s.
Governor Jindal said, “Dr. Reddy’s is exactly the type of company we want to invest and expand in Louisiana so we can strengthen and diversify our economy, and most importantly, create opportunities for our people. Our top priority is to make Louisiana the best place in the world to create jobs and raise a family – and Dr. Reddy’s expansion is boosting Louisiana’s place in the growing healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical industries which is creating more good-paying jobs for our people so they don’t have to leave home to pursue their dreams.”
“The State of Louisiana has been a valuable partner to Dr. Reddy’s,” said Amit Patel, senior vice president and head of North America Generics for Dr. Reddy’s. “This partnership has enabled the expansion of our product lines at our Shreveport location, as well as the addition of meaningful jobs in the area. The state’s combination of incentives, workforce development, and competitive manufacturing costs contributed to our decision to expand in Shreveport. Louisiana Economic Development and FastStart have been tremendously responsive in customizing programs to meet the organization’s specific needs and in enabling the expansion efforts.”
Last week, Business Facilities magazine ranked Louisiana first in the nation in workforce training, based on the strength of Louisiana FastStart. Louisiana was previously named the magazine’s 2010 State of the Year. While companies are recognizing Louisiana’s improvement in business rankings across the board, the FastStart incentive frequently makes a crucial difference in winning business expansions within Louisiana and business relocations from other states.
About Dr. Reddy’s
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Louisiana, LLC is a leading producer of sulfadiazine cream, prescription ibuprofen and a generic version of Zantac and will produce billions of tablets during 2011. The Shreveport, La., operations are part of the global Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. (NYSE: RDY), an integrated global pharmaceutical company committed to providing affordable and innovative medicines for healthier lives. Through its three businesses -- Pharmaceutical Services and Active Ingredients, Global Generics, and Proprietary Products -- Dr. Reddy’s offers a portfolio of products and services. Major markets include India, the United States, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (former Soviet republics), Germany, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, South Africa and Romania. For more information, visit www.drreddys.com