Theresa Griffin visits leading Pharmaceutical Company first opened during the Second World War

North West Labour MEP Theresa Griffin today visited the Eli Lilly Speke Operations site in Liverpool.

The site in Speke was first opened by the UK Government during the Second World War, and was at that time the largest penicillin manufacturing plant in the world, before being acquired by Lilly in 1963.

Today, the site retains its global impact. As one of more than 20 manufacturing sites for global pharmaceutical company Lilly, Speke exports 95% of its products to 70 different countries around the world.

Eli Lilly is one of the world’s largest research-based bio-pharmaceutical companies and a world leader in developing treatments for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, mental health conditions, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular diseases and veterinary medicines.

Theresa Griffin MEP said:

“I am pleased to have had the chance to visit the Eli Lilly site today in Speke, it is always great to visit manufacturing sites, working with big employers and the trade unions. Lilly have a strong commitment and impressive track record on conducting research and development across the EU, and over the last decade have invested over 1 billion Euros into their manufacturing sites.

“It’s great to hear that one third of the staff live within three miles of the facility and that over 30 per cent have worked at the site for more than 25 years, demonstrating a commitment to recruiting locally and investing in the skills and education of their workforce and local residents.

“I would also like to commend the work of employees and trade union members at Eli Lilly Speke for the work they have been doing with the YMCA to create a site for homeless people in the city to grow their own food.”

Peter Troutt, General Manager, Speke Operations said:

“We are delighted to welcome Theresa to our manufacturing site in Speke to show her the high tech facilities which employ over 650 people and produce animal health products for export around the world.   Lilly has had a strong presence in Liverpool for over 50 years now, and we are proud of our investment in the community, particularly our work with Fareshare and the YMCA.   It has been great to show Theresa our new facilities, and the investment we are making in the site.”