IMA Life North America Breaks Ground on Sustainable Freeze-Drying Facility in Tonawanda

Groundbreaking ceremony in New York marks the start of IMA Life's new facility that will produce pharmaceutical machines, including equipment for cancer-fighting treatments.

Ima Life North America Groundbreaking Ceremony

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On May 2024, IMA Life North America, part of IMA Group, held a groundbreaking ceremony in Tonawanda to announce that an 80,000-square-foot facility will be built to increase its production of freeze-drying equipment for the pharmaceutical industry.

The new building will meet the highest sustainability standards in line with IMA Group’s manufacturing strategy. The new facility is expected to open in September 2025 and will include 50,000 square feet of production space and 30,000 square feet of office space on a 15-acre parcel located at 700 Colvin Woods Parkway, supplementing IMA Life’s existing 60,000-square-foot facility at 2175 Military Road in Tonawanda. IMA Life has 157 employees based in Tonawanda and plans to add 70 more as the expansion project unlocks production increases. New York State, through Empire State Development (ESD), the State’s economic development agency, will provide up to $1,127,443 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits in return for IMA’s job creation commitments.

IMA Life offers a wide range of technologically advanced machines, which preserve the integrity of pharmaceutical products, ensuring the maximum level of sterility and protecting both the operator and the environment. IMA Life's equipment is shipped all over the world and its customers include the main multinational companies.

The large freeze dryers manufactured in Tonawanda can rapidly convert vials of liquid medicines and other pharmaceutical products into a powdered form that is shelf-stable and easy to transport. The product range includes blowers, washers, depyrogenating tunnels, liquid and powder fillers, freeze dryers, automatic loaders/unloaders, labelers, and isolation systems.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Governor Kathy Hochul said: “New York is continuing to bring the companies, the investment, and the talent to build the future of medicine in our state. IMA Life’s investment in Western New York will help provide the critical equipment needed for pharmaceutical companies to manufacturer life-saving drugs, while also creating the jobs needed to grow and support the health care sector”.

Ernesto Renzi, President of IMA Life North America, said: “We have deep respect for the life-saving medicines our customer’s process using IMA equipment, and we look forward to expanding our production capabilities and adding jobs right here in Western New York. The impressive competence of the workforce has allowed us to grow our customer base and expand the company."

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