Construction Spending in

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's biopharmaceutical companies research and develop new treatments and cures that improve patient health while also contributing to U.S. economic health. These companies employ highly skilled union construction workers to build state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facilities to ensure infrastructure is built to exacting standards.

Construction Employment

Union Labor & Earnings, 2012–17

Pharmaceutical & Biotech

5.1

million

Labor Hours Demanded

(14 trades, installation, and maintenance)

1.7

million

Union Labor Hours (est)

(State union% in non-residential = 32.6%)

$27.13

Average Union Wage

(Union construction workers, 2017 dollars)

$45.1

million

Total Union Earnings (est.)

(Union hours times average wage)

Industry Analysis: Pennsylvania

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (2017)

Firms

132

Firms

Employees

18,105

Employees

Annual Wages

$2.2

billion

Annual Wages

Pennsylvania Construction Labor Hours by Trade

Pharmaceutical & Biotech, 2012–17

31,926

Installation

30,218

Maintenance

62,144

Total hours

Largest Construction Projects

Pharmaceutical & Biotech Manufacturing, 2012–17

Merck and Company Incorporated

West Point Vaccine Capital Upgrade, Expansion and Addition Program

West Point, PA

300,000,000

2013-2016

GlaxoSmithKline Incorporated

Upper Providence Biopharma R&D Campus Smart Labs Addition/Renovation

Collegeville, PA

250,000,000

2015-2018

Sanofi Pasteur Incorporated

Swiftwater Flu Vaccines Flu Bldg (#79) & Central Utilities Plant (#80) Additions

Swiftwater, PA

110,000,000

2016-2019

WuXi AppTec Incorporated

Philadelphia Biopharmaceutical Cell Therapy CMO Plant Expansion

Philadelphia, PA

50,000,000

2015-2016

WuXi AppTec Incorporated

Philadelphia Biopharmaceutical Cell Therapy Manufacturing CMO

Philadelphia, PA

35,000,000

2014-2016

West Pharmaceutical Services Incorporated

Exton Grassroot Pharmaceutical R&D Plant

Exton, PA

29,700,000

2011-2013

Cook MyoSite Incorporated

Pittsburg (O'Hara Township) Clinical-Scale Cell Regeneration CMO Plant Addition

Pittsburgh, PA

26,000,000

2015-2016

GlaxoSmithKline Incorporated

Upper Merion Biopharma East Campus Bldg 40 Process Suite (Bioreactor) Expansion

King of Prussia, PA

15,000,000

2016-2016

Sanofi Pasteur Incorporated

Swiftwater Influenza Vaccine Plant Dengue Vaccine Facility Addition

Swiftwater, PA

15,000,000

2014-2017

Arbutus Biopharma Corporation

Warminster Biopharmaceutical RNAI Therapeutics R&D Laboratory Addition

Warminster, PA

15,000,000

2016-2017

Merck and Company Incorporated

West Point Vaccine Capital Upgrade, Expansion and Addition Program

West Point, PA

Location

300,000,000

Project Value

2013-2016

Years

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You may be surprised by the connection between Pennsylvania's biopharmaceutical industry and union labor. A new study finds that from 2012-2017 America’s biopharmaceutical companies invested $2.5 billion in infrastructure in the state, supporting 1.7 million union labor hours. View Pennsylvania's labor-industry profile here: https://bit.ly/2PnpULH

Pennsylvania's pharmaceutical companies and the building trades unions have a surprising relationship - a new study finds that from 2012-2017 biopharmaceutical companies invested $2.5 billion in infrastructure in the state, supporting 1.7 million union labor hours. View Pennsylvania's labor-industry profile here: https://bit.ly/2PnpULH

A new study finds that from 2012-2017 Pennsylvania's biopharmaceutical companies invested $2.5 billion in infrastructure in the state, supporting 1.7 million union labor hours. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2PnpULH