SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) - A bio-pharmaceutical company is expanding its local manufacturing plant - a move expected to bring new jobs to Rhode Island.
Governor Lincoln Chafee and other state officials attended a special groundbreaking ceremony at the Alexion Pharmaceuticals Plant in Smithfield Monday morning.
The Connecticut-based company is adding 20,000 square feet of laboratories and office space to the Smithfield plant.
Alexion currently employs 125 workers, and expects to expand its workforce by 35-percent.
Alexion produces the drug Soliris, the only approved therapy for patients with a rare blood disorder known as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, or PNH.
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