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Governor McMaster announces Thursday that one of Lexington County’s more recent economic development

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – On Thursday July 9, 2020, SC’s Governor Henry McMaster announced that Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a global leader in the production of generic respiratory medications and blow-fill-seal contract manufacturing, announced plans to expand its operations in Lexington County. The company's $215.8 million investment will create 380 new jobs. The exact article for reference can be found with this LINK. Nephron is based in Lexington County’s Saxe Gotha Industrial Park just outside of the City of Cayce.

Nephron develops and produces safe, affordable generic inhalation solutions and suspension products, including those used to treat severe respiratory distress symptoms associated with COVID-19. It was founded by Bill Kennedy, a graduate of USC’s School of Pharmacy, and at one time was headquartered near Orlando, Florida. Bill and his wife Lou, the President and CEO of Nephron, announced in October of 2011 that they were bringing their state-of-the-art business to Lexington County.

According to the governor’s announcement and often released information about this business, the company also operates an industry-leading 503B Outsourcing Facility division which produces pre-filled sterile syringes and IV bags for hospitals across America, in an effort to alleviate drug shortage needs. Nephron fills the needs of patients and health care professionals as they arise nationwide, and recently opened a CLIA-certified diagnostics lab.

Nephron’s expansion will add new offices, a new warehouse and production space at its campus in Saxe-Gotha Industrial Park. Its closest neighbor is the Amazon Fulfillment Center, another Lexington County Economic Development success story that brought good, high paying jobs to the Midlands.

The expansion is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021. Individuals interested in joining the Nephron team should visit

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

Lexington County Council Chairman Scott Whetstone said after the announcement was made public, “We are excited to continue to partner with such an innovative and forward-thinking company like Nephron Pharmaceuticals. We know that Lexington County is a great place to establish and grow a business, and Nephron’s continued success is a testament to good government-business relations.”

Nephron’s President and CEO Lou Kennedy, known not only for her hard work and innovative leadership at Nephron but also for her great community involvement in giving back to the people of Lexington County and South Carolina said after the announcement, “The Nephron family is extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to grow in South Carolina. Thanks to our partnerships with state and local officials, and the trust they have placed in us, we have been able to provide life-saving medications to patients around the world and establish ourselves as the global leader in what we do. We are proud of these achievements and more, and we know our best days are ahead of us. That is what makes this latest announcement so special.”

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