Church & Dwight will expand vitamin manufacturing

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 11:13 am •  Published: December 5, 2013
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EWING, N.J. (AP) — Church & Dwight said Thursday it will build a new manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania so it can make more gummy vitamins.

The company said construction will begin in January, and the line should be operational during the first quarter of 2015. Church & Dwight's two facilities in the state of Washington will stay in operation, and the new facility will increase its manufacturing capacity by 75 percent.

The company expects about $300 million in sales of gummy vitamins in 2013, up 20 percent from the previous year. It also expects strong growth in 2014.

Chairman and CEO James R. Craigie said prospects for gummy vitamins are improving as more adults switch from traditional vitamin pills.

Church & Dwight Co. makes household and personal products like Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent, OxiClean laundry additives, Trojan condoms and First Response diagnostic kits. According to FactSet, analysts expect the company to report $3.2 billion in sales this year.

Shares of Church & Dwight fell 50 cents to $65.53 in midday trading Thursday.


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