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Local Kriebel Family's Significance in Contributing to Almac Group's Global Success
2017-08-08

            At the height of the country's Great Recession, a UK based company chose to make a long-term investment in Pennsylvania's future. The Almac Group, an established contract development and manufacturing organization that provides an

extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally, made a strategic move to headquarter their U.S. operations in Lower Salford Township, Souderton.

            The company's presence has flourished in Pennsylvania, and Almac remains thankful to the original land owner and local farmer, Sam Kriebel, whose family has lived in the area for many generations.

            On Friday, July 28th, Almac Group CEO Alan Armstrong, along with other Board members and senior leadership, gathered with members of the Kriebel family to rededicate their conference room in honor of Sam Kriebel's commitment to helping to grow the company's historical footprint in the U.S. Joined by Thelma Craig, Sam's daughter, Alan expressed his appreciation to the family by saying "the Kriebel family has been part of Almac's journey, and your family's willingness to add to our story is a story in itself. We are fortunate to have the Kriebel family with us today."

            "At their core, Sam and Allen held mutual goals of inspiring people and working ethically. They intuitively trusted each other and, therefore, fostered a relationship in contribution to an idea larger than themselves. We're delighted to continue to be part of the Almac story and have faith in their leadership," Thelma noted in her remarks.

            Before breaking ground at the 40-acre site in July 2008, Sir Allen McClay, Founder of the Almac Group, met with Sam Kriebel to discuss the company's plans. With a shared commitment to building strong communities and partnering to advance human health, their handshake promise at the family's kitchen table allowed for Almac to move forward with construction.

            The campus, for which now houses employees from three of Almac Group's global business units, including Clinical Services, Clinical Technologies, and Sciences began with a connected 240,000 sq. ft. building. Growing the company's employee count from 2,000 to 5,000 globally in nine years, and with the help of more than 1,440 dedicated personnel in Pennsylvania, support and engagement for the company is a magnet for talent and innovation.

            Thelma said "Almac is a family-focused business. Their dedication to their employees, our neighbors, and to offer solutions that directly improve people's health and wellness is a legacy our father strived to cultivate."

            Sam Kriebel and Sir Allen McClay have both passed in recent years, but their achievements and collective passion has been woven into the fabric of the Lower Salford Township community and are foundational to Almac's core values.

            Integrity and work ethic is enshrined in the ethos of Almac, ensuring that, "Partnering to Advance Human Health" is more than just a strapline-it is the company's way of life in the same way it was Sam and Allen's.


 

 

 

 

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