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Location: Cookeville, Tenn.
Size: 500,000 sq. ft.
Complete: Under Construction
Owner: Aphena Pharma Solutions Inc.

Aphena Pharma Solutions Renovations

Renovations are underway at the former Russell Stover Chocolates fulfillment center on Chocolate Drive in Cookeville. J&S Construction partnered with the building owner to complete the design and construction of extensive repurposing of the facility in preparation for the site’s new tenant, Aphena Pharma Solutions Inc.

Aphena is an industry-leading organization that provides contract packaging and manufacturing solutions for the pharmaceutical, consumer health and medical device markets.

The 500,000 square-foot renovation project will allow Aphena to consolidate two of its three Putnam County locations while accommodating future growth areas in biologic packaging, cold chain storage, and 3PL distribution services.

A majority of the facility has remained vacant since Russell Stover began reorganization of production, retail and distribution more than 14 years ago. Alongside the building owner, J&S Construction coordinated with Aphena to design customized alterations for its growing Solid Dose Division.

“This expansion is exciting news for Aphena, our customers and our communities,” said Aphena CEO Shawn Reilley. “The Solid Dose Division and recent Liquids Division expansions will establish Aphena’s position as one of the most diversified manufacturing and packaging companies in the pharmaceutical industry. These growth strategies will continue to offer our customers expanded project capabilities at every level, and it will create a very large employment opportunity, both in Cookeville and at our facility in Easton, Md.”

This project showcased how effective the design build process can be. J&S Construction was brought to the table early in the process and contracted with both the landlord and tenant to help coordinate both DESIGN and RENOVATION of their respective spaces. Having the design and construction for both parties under one roof enabled the project to have an abbreviated schedule, reduced cost, and gave increased flexibility for the landlord and tenant to make profitable changes as the project proceeded.

J&S Construction will be responsible for grading a new employee parking lot; interior and exterior demolition; re-sealing portions of the existing employee parking lot and additional asphalt paving; interior polished concrete throughout warehouse; new brick veneer on portions of exterior and additional exterior façade upgrades of Nichia Panel at the new office entrance; and new cabinets/countertops for restrooms and kitchen/breakroom. Fully-functioning packaging suites and all internal infrastructure required is also included in the scope.

Headquartered in Cookeville since 2002, Aphena employs more than 400 people in Putnam County.

“We strive to create a business-friendly environment that ensures the growth and success of existing Tennessee companies. We’re grateful for Aphena Pharma Solutions’ ongoing commitment to Tennessee and the additional 160 jobs that will be created in Putnam County as a result of this project.” – Gov. Bill Lee

This project was designed with the clients’ immediate needs in mind, allowing both the landlord and tenant to plan for current demands as well as for future growth and expansion. For more information, visit