Pharmaceutical company to bring hundreds of jobs to Des Plaines

Pharmaceutical company to bring hundreds of jobs to Des Plaines

A German pharmaceutical company is expanding in Illinois, bringing hundreds of jobs.

Vetter Pharmaceuticals plans to build a million-square-foot facility in suburban Des Plaines. The company expects to hire up to 500 people once construction is finished.

The new jobs are a welcome sight in an industry worried about a number of mergers from 2015 resulting in job losses.

The northern Chicago suburbs are home to pharmaceutical companies Abbott, AbbVie and Baxter. Vetter makes sterile containers and pre-fillable syringes that possibly could benefit from being near other businesses in the region.