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Probiotics company is growing in central Wisconsin

  • Associated Press
  • January 25, 2014 - 3:55 PM

WAUSAU, Wis. — A probiotics company plans to triple the size of its building and add an undisclosed number of jobs in central Wisconsin.

UAS LifeSciences is expanding from 15,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet in Wausau, according to Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1dY6EQw ). UAS Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Greg Leyer said work is expected to be finished by April.

"It gave us some really nice new warehousing, loading docks, finished product storage areas and expansion possibilities for new packaging lines or operational suites," Leyer said. "It was needed."

Probiotics are the good bacteria that help maintain microorganisms that live in the intestines and allow digestion. The company creates, tests and packages probiotics, one of the few facilities of its type in the world. The powder is made into tablets, put into capsules or sold in bulk.

UAS employs about 36 workers. Leyer didn't offer a number of jobs to be created, but said the company is looking to add positions in quality control and operations.

Samantha Miller, a pharmacist at Young's Long Term Care Pharmacy in Wausau, said she's seen an increase in demand for probiotics during the last five years.

"Mostly in regard to a lot of patients who are taking antibiotics, elderly patients who might have some digestive issues," Miller said.

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