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A Columbus-based pharmaceutical medical device company is adding equipment and employees for an upcoming expansion.

Applied Laboratories Inc. plans to install new manufacturing equipment to produce packets for liquid fill over-the-counter medicines.

The company makes trade, store-brand, over-the-counter, non-prescription and prescription pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

The company, which has 67 full-time employees, plans to add 26 jobs with the expansion, said Glenn Dodge, vice president of finances for the company.

Starting wage for the jobs is $10 per hour, Dodge said.

The company will hire 21 production associates, two line leaders, two quality control technicians and a maintenance technician, according to documents filed with the city. The jobs will have a combined annual salary of $564,720, the documents state.

The project will increase floor space in the company’s 80,000-square-foot building at 3240 N. Indianapolis Road to allow four new manufacturing rooms to be created.

The expansion also calls for purchasing new equipment that will produce the packets and a used filler machine for liquid fill of the over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.

The company’s customers have requested expanded product lines, leading to the need for more employees and more equipment, Dodge said.

The new equipment will allow the company to offer individual packets of products, rather than in other bulk types of containers, he said.

Dodge said the company produces products for companies in New Jersey, Virginia, California and Australia.

Applied Laboratories’ most recent 10-year tax abatement request was unanimously approved by the City Council on June 3. The company also received tax abatements from the city in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2006.

In the first year, the company would pay no property taxes on the improvements and upgrades to the building. Each year of the abatement, the taxes would then increase by 10 percentage points.

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