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April 06, 2017

New veterinary health company HQ to provide 200 tech jobs in South Jersey

HIPRA, a Spanish company, plans to build on 25 acres it is buying from the Rowan University

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A maker of vaccines for farm animals, based in Spain, is coming to the tech park at Rowan University.

A multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company based in Spain is establishing its North American headquarters at Rowan University’s technology park.

Rowan has sold 25 acres of its West Campus in Gloucester County to HIPRA. The location is about a mile from the main college campus.

HIPRA, which specializes in vaccines for barnyard animals and poultry, plans to develop 375,000 square feet of space fronting Route 55 at the Route 322 interchange in Mantua Township. The facility will include office, research and development, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution space.

The company plans to develop the land in phases, with a long-term investment that could reach $100 million and create 200 new technology jobs.

“The South Jersey Technology Park will provide us with an ideal location to expand our operations in the United States and distribute our products worldwide, as well as help us find our future workforce,” said Arnau Nogareda, HIPRA’s managing director.

Factors influencing the decision include the work already being done at the tech park, access to students and faculty with expertise in science and technology, and its central East Coast location, he said.

“One of our goals as a research university is to attract established and startup firms that focus on practical research and impact the economy of the region. HIPRA does both,” said Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University.

“This partnership will be especially valuable for our faculty and students working in the sciences, engineering and business,” he added.