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Leiner's history in York County

Leiner Health Products' presence in York County began 10 years ago with a new $40 million plant off Carowinds Boulevard in Fort Mill. The company became the area's 9th-largest private employer but collapsed during the last year, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday.

Here's a look at the company's history in York County:

July 20, 1998: Leiner Health Products opens a $40 million, 680,000-square-foot regional headquarters and production facility in the Lakemont Business Park off Carowinds Boulevard. The company projects to employ up to 800 workers.

August 12, 1998: Gov. David Beasley tours the new plant.

Sept. 6, 2006: The Herald reports Leiner is the county's 9th-largest private employer with 650 workers.

Jan. 22-March 16, 2007: FDA investigates the Fort Mill facility after a whisteblower inside the plant reported alleged manufacturing violations to federal authorities. Over-the-counter drug production temporarily suspended.

April 2007: Over-the-counter drug recalls begin.

June 8, 2007: Leiner announces it will layoff 540 workers from Fort Mill plant.

Sept. 11, 2007: The company confirms it is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice related to its production and distribution of drugs in Fort Mill.

Sept. 15, 2007: Then-CEO Bob Kaminski says employees at the Fort Mill plant not following company policies led to the FDA problems.

Sept. 23, 2007: The Herald reports on a federal affidavit that outlined the alleged manufacturing violations at the Fort Mill plant. The allegations include failure to recall suspect drugs on store shelves, manipulating and falsifying purity test data and not providing data to support expiration dates.

Jan. 8, 2008: Leiner announces it will close its Wilson, N.C., plant, layoff the 171 employees there, and permanently exit the over-the-counter drug business.

Jan. 28, 2008: CEO Bob Kaminski steps down. CFO Kevin McDonnell is fired.

March 10, 2008: Leiner files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and says it will explore selling the business.

-- Sources: Herald archives, SEC filings

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