‘One of the best kept secrets’
Lampire sees bright future
EVERETT — Lampire Biological Laboratories and Bedford County have been a good fit for each other.
“Lampire has put Bedford County on the map in the life sciences industry. We have watched their steady growth here through the years and are extremely impressed with Greg (Gregory F.) Krug’s vision,” said President Bette Slayton of the Bedford County Development Association.
Lampire — founded in 1977 in Doylestown, Bucks County, by Krug and Craig Tarler — is a multimillion dollar international life science company that produces biological reagents used by diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies.
Lampire specializes in polyclonal and monoclonal antibody development, cell culture devices and services, and a wide variety of blood-derived products.
Lampire — which has six locations in Pennsylvania — came to Bedford County in 1989 after “Bucks County lost much of its agricultural presence,” said Krug, company president.
“We looked at many locations. We had a great experience with the people from Bedford County; it was very special. Bedford County Development Association played a big role; they gave us great support,” Krug said. “Also, we got support from the local community: Bette and her dream team and Hometown Bank, Clifford Clark Construction, Clearfield Bank & Trust, Trudy Mitchell at SAPDC, they all helped us to grow and be successful.”
The small and large animal farm — a 400-acre campus which features more than 17 different species of animals available for production and project needs — was established in 1989.
The 18,000-square-foot Everett Bioprocessing Center was built in 2007.
“This was a textile building with hundreds of sewing machines. We have taken it from clean manufacturing to an even cleaner production area,” Krug said. “Our lab facilities have undergone numerous expansions both in equipment and space over the past few years.”
Lampire was something completely new to the area, said Kathy Jo Price, office manager and one of the first employees hired at the Bedford County location.
“Drawing blood and processing it for science and the places it was going and used for was unknown in this area at that time,” Price said.
Lampire is part of the life sciences industry.
“Our core products are supplied to biotech and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. These products are used in manufacturing and research for diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, environmental and cosmetics. Lampire is to the biotech/pharmaceuticals industry as coal is to the steel industry,” Krug said.
Lampire’s products and services include custom antibodies, immunochemistry services, blood and biological products, immunochemicals and related reagents and specialized products and services.
“We are international; 30 percent of our business is overseas,” Krug said.
“We work with Fortune 50 companies,” said Lee Kandt, general manager.
Lampire has had a significant impact on Bedford County.
“In the last year, we invested more than $3 million. Over the years, we have invested between
$10 (million) and $20 million in Bedford County,” Krug said. “We are attracting companies from all over the world to Bedford County. Health care throughout the world is benefiting from the work that is being done at Lampire.”
“We brought the science and technology industry to the area. With Lampire coming in, we broadened the base where people could get jobs. They could still work on a farm and work with Lampire. The science industry exists here because of Lampire,” Kandt said.
Lampire employs 130 companywide, with about half of those employees in Bedford County. Krug said his employees are the key to Lampire’s success.
“We have clientele — big companies come through our doors on a regular basis. They always talk about the passion our employees have and their dedication to what we do,” Krug said. “We are known for diversification. We are one of the best kept secrets.”
Community involvement also is important.
“Our employees are involved in many community activities,” Krug said. “We have found a home here in Bedford County, one where our business, our families, our community and our county continue to grow. Bedford County is not just farm country, its pharma country.”
The future of the company appears bright.
“We have been able to grow the company. Over the last 10 years, this is where our growth has been, and we expect to see it continue to grow. This building (bioprocessing center) is poised to double. We are looking to double the size of this building in the next year or two. Our building is totally maxed out here,” Krug said.
Krug and Kandt expect to see a 10 to 20 percent growth in employees next year.
“We see the future of Lampire in Bedford County as strong and bright. The company has a reputation of quality products and service. We believe that this commitment to quality will translate into continued growth as the supplier of choice to the domestic and international pharmaceutical industry,” Slayton said.
Lampire has been selected to receive BCDA’s 2017 Economic Development Award in November.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.