Global glass products giant Schott AG and its North American subsidiary, Schott Pharmaceutical Systems, grew sales in the United States by 11.1% in 2021 to more than $530.6 million.

Globally, Schott had the most successful business year in the company’s history with $2.85 billion in sales, a 13% increase over 2020.

It also increased its U.S. workforce by nearly 100 and increased investments at its American facilities by almost $3 million, according to a company announcement.

Schott’s South Lebanon plant was an integral part in the company’s 2021 production of pharmaceutical grade glass containers that delivered over 5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines and anti-viral drugs around the world. The local facility is the only Schott facility in the U.S. making containers for COVID medicines.

And demand is not slowing. Chris Cassidy, vice president for Pharmaceutical Systems of Schott North America Inc., told LebTown recently that “we are running at maximum capacity at the Lebanon facility. We’ve seen no slowdown, and have orders out beyond 2022.”

The plant, which opened in 2004 and employs over 300 people, is working around the clock to meet demand, and Cassidy says it’s always looking to hire.

“We’ve been in a steady state of hiring going back at least two years,” he said. “On average, we’re probably seeking 20 to 25 people in Lebanon at all times, and we expect to continue growing over the next two to three years.”

In addition to running full out to produce standard pharmaceutical containers, the local plant has seen a huge increase in its production of its “adaptiQ” vials, which are pre-washed in the factory before being shipped to another facility for sterilization. Output has tripled in the past year, going from one to three shifts daily, and a fourth shift is under consideration.

Cassidy added that the company intends to be climate-neutral by 2030. “We’ve already been able to switch some of our energy sources to ‘certified green‘,” he said.

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