By Debora Toth
Fougera Pharmaceuticals announced on Monday that it plans to add an additional 30,000 square feet to its 170,000-square-foot Melville facility on Baylis Road as it consolidates its Melville and Hicksville operations.
Fougera – a wholly owned subsidiary of Sandoz, the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis, a global healthcare company – is a leading manufacturer of topical pharmaceutical products in the U.S.
Leslie Pott, a company spokeswoman, said Monday that the company plans to by 2021 complete the expansion of its Melville facility at 60 Baylis Road, which will include installation of new machinery and equipment.
Pott said Fougera plans to move all of the company’s operations to the Melville facility, and retain its 250 Melville employees and 130 Hicksville employees.
Fougera’s Melville site was built in 1973.
Fougera also plans to perform upgrades as part of its facilities master plan inclusive of cafeteria upgrades, office renovations, perimeter fencing, energy improvements, as well as other work, over the next few years in conjunction with the consolidation project and as part of its annual capital plans.
On Monday, Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson called “the expansion a positive development for the Melville area.”
“I am encouraged to hear about it,” he said. “This area is a premier business district and Fougera’s expansion is evidence of that.”
Although there is expected to be an increase in the number of Fougera employees traveling to the Melville facility, Cuthbertson does not see this as a “problem.”
“A lot of money has been spent on infrastructure to ease congestion in this area, such as the overpass at Exit 49, and the overpass at Pinelawn Road,” he said.
Fougera Vice President and Site Head Evelyn Marchany Garcia stated in a release that the planned expansion shows the company’s “true commitment to Long Island and its economic development.”
She continued, “Fougera has called Long Island home since the company’s inception in 1849. Therefore, we are extremely happy to be able to continue our longstanding partnership with the local community and the state of New York.”
As of deadline Monday, the town had not yet received an application from Sandoz nor Fougera, according to Angela Cowie, administrator for Huntington’s zoning board.
Cowie said the company will first need to apply to the Huntington Planning Board with a pre-application before it can submit a complete application to the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals.