Construction began Wednesday on pharmaceutical manufacturer Jubilant HollisterStier’s $92 million expansion in Spokane that’s expected to create at least 200 new jobs.

Jubilant HollisterStier makes pharmaceuticals used in the global fight against COVID-19, including vaccines and therapeutics. The company, a subsidiary of Jubilant Pharmma Limited, is the only such drug manufacturer in the state of Washington .

The company has said the 50,000-square-foot expansion will add a state-of-the-art high-speed injectable liquid filling line along with two 300-square-foot lyophilizers, which are used to freeze products that are less stable in liquid form to increase their shelf life.

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