West Michigan company assists in manufacturing Johnson & Johnson


BIG RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, based in Grand Rapids, packages and fills vials for the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

After leaving their facilities in Grand Rapids, the vaccines return to Johnson and Johnson for final distribution.

The CEO of the company said on Monday that it was an exciting time to be a part of history.

“It’s the kind of thing you tell your grandchildren,” said Tom Ross, CEO of Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing.

GRAM was selected by Operation Warp Speed ​​in August and contracted with Johnson & Johnson in September.

Their role in making servings of the vaccine is expanding to such an extent that they are building a new facility near Gerald R. Ford Airport which they hope to complete this summer.

“This is great news. This is great news for our country. Great news for the world. And certainly great news for western Michigan,” said Ross.

Erich Hudson participated in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial in Grand Rapids. He was given the real dose of vaccine as opposed to placebo, information he discovered after he became eligible for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as a teacher.

“I’ve seen all of my teacher friends get the two-dose vaccine. The only good thing about Johnson and Johnson is it’s just a hit, ”Hudson said.

The single-injection vaccine is said to be 85% effective against serious illness and 100% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

“I couldn’t believe we have a big part of the trial right here in Grand Rapids. The people I know from the group are driving up from Michigan to be part of it, ”said Hudson.


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