Boehringer Ingelheim's Vetmedica to open $30M facility near Kansas City

Vetmedica will open a $28.7 million warehouse and packaging facility this week in St. Joseph, MO, where the Boehringer Ingelheim animal health unit is headquartered.

The Kansas City Star reported that Boehringer plans to use the facility to streamline packaging and distribution of its animal health products, and that it will open on Aug. 27. The newspaper further reported that the Vetmedica facility's drugs and vaccines will be shipped to more than 50 countries.

Construction began in 2012, and Boehringer said the facility's operations can be expanded by about 100,000 square feet, the newspaper reported.

Vetmedica pulled in total revenue of about $1.8 billion last year. The St. Joseph, MO-based operation made strides in the animal vaccines arena in 2013, releasing its FLEXcombo for swine in September and its new Vetera XP line of vaccines for horses in November.

Vetmedica said in last year's earnings report that its top-selling animal health products are its swine vaccines Ingelvac CircoFlex and Ingelvac PRRS, as well as Metacam--a joint pain medication for dogs--and Duramune, the company's canine vaccine line.

This year, Vetmedica's product launches are still going strong: It launched another swine vaccine in April and then its Fel-O-Vax for cats in May.

Vetmedica also has stateside operations currently in Ames, Fort Dodge and Sioux Center in Iowa.

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