Taking representatives of the federal government on a tour through minty fresh work spaces, the owner of said the company has seen a boost in sales of its product line.
Rep. Joe Courtney and members of the United States Department of Commerce watched as workers mixed compounds, filled tubes, and did chemical quality control. Sheffield Pharmaceuticals was first established on Broad Street in 1850 and has continued its business there ever since. Its current products include toothpastes, creams, and ointments.
The company was honored this morning with the Department of Commerce Export Achievement Certificate. According to a press release from Courtney’s office, the award recognizes “initiatives and achievements in export sales.” Courtney said the company’s annual sales are $23 million and growing by two percent each year.
Courtney said export sales are vital for the national economy. He said he was also happy to see a sign at the front of the business advertising that jobs are available.
“We’re very excited to put the spotlight on Sheffield Pharmaceuticals,” he said.
Tom Faria, owner and president of the company, said there are about 130 employees at Sheffield Pharmaceuticals and that this number is expected to increase to 150 soon. He said he hopes to expand internationally, with seven percent of the Sheffield brand being sold overseas.
“We’ve experienced a remarkable growth in these product lines,” he said.
Anne S. Evans, director of the Department of Commerce’s Connecticut District Office, offered an even bigger challenge: bringing that percentage up to 14 percent.