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A Team Member Perspective: Working together globally to reduce West’s energy consumption.

By Keith Henderson

November 16, 2023

I’m coming towards the end of my 19th year at West in May this year. Today, I am the Global Facility Energy Manager, working as part of the Global Facility Engineering team. Previously, I joined the West Dublin site as a Maintenance Technician and after two years I was promoted to Facilities and Maintenance Manager.

“It’s true to say that a mammogram saved my life, but so did West”- Michele Polinsky, VP Global Communications

By Michele Polinsky

October 11, 2023

My name is Michele Polinsky and I am a breast cancer survivor.
These days it’s the simple things that make me happy. Watching my daughter play soccer at Virginia Tech, taking my son to high school and watching his soccer games. Celebrating holidays and birthdays. Simple things that you take for granted when you are healthy. And you start to worry won’t be in your future when you are first diagnosed with cancer. It’s a scary time.

When we look to the future, we are pleased to be able to continue to work with partners like west- Adam McCulley, Head of Procurement at Civica.

By Adam McCulley

September 15, 2023

I am the Head of Procurement for Civica, one of West’s customers.
Civica is working to solve two big problems in U.S. healthcare - drug shortages and predatory pricing. Our mission is to ensure quality generic and biosimilar medications are available and affordable to everyone.

I feel lucky to work at West- John Phelan, Manager, Production, Waterford

By John Phelan

August 10, 2023

I am the Production Manager at our Waterford manufacturing site in Ireland. I have worked at West since 2018 and was the Area Manager for Waterford’s Finishing Department until I was promoted in November 2022.

“We don’t feel like a supplier – we feel like a partner in the truest sense.”- Hans-Joachim Wickert, MD, Wickert Maschinenbau.

By Hans-Joachim Wickert

July 13, 2023

My grandfather started Wickert in 1901. He was a blacksmith who was involved in the production of horseshoes – the tires of their time! Living in an area with plenty of vineyards, the company went on to make wine presses before switching to rubber presses after WW2.
The invention of the rubber sole for shoes completely changed the company’s destiny. A lot more presses were needed to produce the soles – so production ramped up. This specialism eventually led Wickert on to creating presses for pharmaceutical rubbers. And that’s where our story and West’s come together.

At West, we say everything we produced had a patient name on it, it also had a team member’s name on it - Todd Sowinski

By Todd Sowinski

June 08, 2023

Prior to joining West in 2015, I had a 24-year military career where I gained considerable experience in crisis management. During that time, I spent several years deployed overseas, spending long periods of time away from my family while serving in challenging environments. My service also included supporting the City of Philadelphia and surrounding counties during several declared States of Emergency. We spent many days and night running 24/7 crisis and emergency response operations including sending soldiers and vehicles on missions in support of local emergency services, first responder, and healthcare personnel.