Merck Makes Big Name Products in Cleveland
One Cleveland facility started out making Dr. Scholl's products, but when Merck took over, the product line expanded. And now employees at the plant are turning out boxes of Claritin to help with all the sniffles and sneezes of allergy season, something people in the Tennessee Valley can certainly understand.
The 600 employees at Cleveland's Merck plant have a hand in making some of the most recognizable products on store shelves. Hazel Allen worked this line when over-the-counter Claritin first started coming through. It goes anywhere from starting a box regular, a batch code to operating a robot, Hazel says of her day-to-day duties. She knows this process start to finish, from when the pills come in to their trip through the clean room. Thats where the name and lot number are printed on the package.
In the clean room, a machine joins the plastic packages and foil backing around 1200 allergy tablets a minute. The pill packets are sorted into retail boxes of several sizes and sent to a store near you. We make for Walmart, Walgreens, all the retail stores. So it's always a surprise to say right down the street we have the plant that makes it," says Merck Plant Manager Jeff Allar.
You look at the product and you wonder, did I dump the tablets in the hopper that day, says Allen or I wonder if I saw the blisters go into the carton that day. The list goes on and on of what we make in Cleveland, Tennessee."
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