Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce USAntibiotics to Establish New Operations in Sullivan County

Monday, August 30, 2021 | 02:30pm

Company will be the exclusive U.S. producer of Amoxicillin antibiotics
• Manufacturing project to create more than 60 new jobs

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and USAntibiotics officials announced today that the company will invest $16 million to establish new manufacturing and research and development operations in Sullivan County.

USAntibiotics is a pharmaceutical production company that manufactures, tests, packages and distributes prescription antibiotics. The project represents the creation of 63 new jobs in Bristol.
Located at 201 Industrial Drive, the 360,000-square-foot facility was acquired by Jackson Healthcare with plans to re-open the former pharmaceutical manufacturing site.

The Department of Homeland Security has identified USAntibiotics as critical infrastructure since it is the only manufacturing facility in the United States that is authorized to produce Amoxicillin and Amoxicillin Clavulanate, commonly known as Amoxil® and Augmentin®. These are two of the most widely prescribed antibiotics in the U.S. and this investment will greatly bolster the U.S.’ capabilities to produce its own essential antibiotics.

Over the last five years, TNECD has supported more than 10 economic development projects in Sullivan County, resulting in more than 1,800 job commitments and nearly $700 million in capital investment.

“This investment by USAntibiotics is a win not only for Tennessee, but for the entire country. Tennessee is known globally as a hub for the healthcare industry, and we are proud to welcome the only American-made Amoxicillin facility to Bristol.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“We are proud to support USAntibiotics in its critical mission to manufacture two of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the country. Tennessee offers companies around the globe a business-friendly climate and skilled workforce, and we are pleased to welcome USAntibiotics to the state as it sets up new operations in Sullivan County.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe

“USAntibiotics is focused on what it does best – producing life-saving antibiotics and making them accessible to all Americans. We are proud to have our operations in the state of Tennessee and of the role we play in manufacturing high-quality, made in America products that support health and wellness and that reduce our dependence on vital medications produced outside our country.” – Rick Jackson, CEO, Jackson Healthcare, parent company of USAntibiotics

“Having USAntibiotics in operations in Bristol and Sullivan County is a remarkable win for our region and our country. The initial new jobs, the many, many more jobs that are bound to come in future phases of this project, along with the investment is great news to be sure. But we have a company here producing life-saving medication that has been dependent on foreign markets. This is a national health and security issue being solved and it’s being solved right here in Northeast Tennessee. The hours and hours of work put in by our team should be commended, and I’m extremely grateful to the leadership of Jackson Healthcare and US Antibiotics for putting this facility into American ownership.” – Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable

“When choosing to invest and make a home in our community, our industry partners quickly realize the potential for growth that stems from the strategic, logistical and economic advantages of being located in Bristol, Tennessee. We proudly welcome USAntibiotics to Bristol, along with the key strategic role our community will now play in ensuring safe and secure access to these medications for our entire country.” – Bristol Mayor Mahlon Luttrell

“We are known for being a leader in a lot of things here – the Birthplace of Country Music, the first public utility to win a Malcolm Baldrige Award with BTES, the World’s Fastest Half Mile at Bristol Motor Speedway – so why not Bristol, Tennessee as the reshoring center of our nation’s antibiotic production. It’s this culture, particularly in our workforce, that was the real difference maker in attracting US Antibiotics. This is a great fit of a company and a community and I’m excited to see all of the great things the future has in store for US Antibiotics, Bristol and Northeast Tennessee!” – David Wagner, Bristol Industrial Development Board chairman, vice-chairman of NETWORKS Sullivan County Partnership

“TVA and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services congratulate USAntibiotics on its decision to locate operations in Sullivan County. Helping to foster impactful job creation and investment in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, the City of Bristol, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission and support USAntibiotics in its future business success.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development

“Congratulations to USAntibiotics for locating new operations in Bristol. USAntibiotics manufactures life-saving antibiotics such as Amoxicillin right here in the United States. The quality jobs that will result from this investment will not only benefit many individuals and families in Sullivan County but will also strengthen the local economy. I am proud to have this American manufacturer in our area and look forward to their continued success.” – Sen. Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol)

“Bristol has played a critical role in producing life-saving antibiotics and medications for the nation for many years. We are proud USAntibiotics has made the decision to invest in our highly-skilled workforce and community, and I am excited to welcome the company to Sullivan County.” – Rep. John Crawford (R-Bristol/Kingsport)

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