Purac Biomaterials, a subsidiary of a Netherlands-based firm, is to invest $20 million to open a factory making biomedical polymers in Tucker.
Purac’s polymers are used in medical devices and drug delivery. The company bought its 60,000-square-foot facility Nov. 28 and expects to begin manufacturing in early 2014.
Purac is the latest win for Georgia in biotechnology, a strategic industry for the state thanks to the high-paying jobs new plants typically bring. In August, Gov. Nathan Deal attended the groundbreaking of Baxter International Inc.‘s $1 billion plasma-products facility in Covington.
Purac is a part of CSM, a Dutch company best known as the world’s largest supplier of bakery products. CSM already has two plants in Tucker.
Mr. Deal met with CSM CEO Gerard Hoetmer during a European trade mission in July. While visiting the Netherlands, he also met with Vanderlande Industries, TenCate and Philips Electronics, Dutch firms that all have operations in Georgia.
The state’s life sciences industry employs 105,000 people, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber.