Luther Perrigo - The Birth of a Global Company
In 1887 Luther Perrigo, the proprietor of a general store and apple-drying business, had the idea to package and distribute patented medicines and household items for country stores. Based in Allegan, Michigan, the Company saw significant growth and in the 1920's Perrigo developed the private label concept as a way of building customer loyalty.
In the mid-1930's, Perrigo secured its first, large private label customer and shortly afterwards began its manufacturing operation, laying a strong foundation for rapid future growth.
Over the past 25 years, supermarkets and pharmacy groups experienced tremendous growth. Perrigo has been instrumental in supporting the needs of these important customers in providing affordable healthcare products, through quality private label brands.
The company expanded its product portfolio to include generic prescription pharmaceuticals, creating a more diversified health-care company. To expedite the growth of the generics business, in March 2005 Perrigo acquired Agis Industries, adding their products, pipeline and proprietary technologies to our consumer health-care business.
Perrigo global sales exceed $1.5 Billion and the Company employs 6,000 people worldwide, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Israel, China, India and Australia.