Merck Animal Health plans to upgrade technology at its Elkhorn-area manufacturing and warehouse facility.

The company, which develops vaccines for animals, including dogs, cats, poultry and swine, declined to provide details of the investment or possible job creation, but said it will translate into increased manufacturing volume.

However, Merck submitted a Tier 6 Nebraska Advantage application in December 2018, which means it planned to invest a minimum of $103 million, hire at least 50 full-time employees and have those jobs pay at least $99,444 per year, said a spokesperson with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The average wage in Nebraska in 2018 was $44,824.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring capital improvements, expansion in our manufacturing capacity and capabilities and advanced technology to our Elkhorn facility, thereby strengthening our footprint in the state and increasing our ability to fulfill customer demand for our portfolio of products,” Darin Tompkins, director of the Elkhorn operation, said in a press release.

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