COMPANY -- West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.

FOUNDED: 1923

HEADQUARTERS: Lionville, Pa.

EMPLOYMENT: 3,960 as of Dec. 31, 2001.

BUSINESS: Designs and manufactures components for dispensing and delivering pharmaceutical, health and consumer products.

FINANCIALS: Earned $15 million on sales of $316 million in nine months ending Sept. 30.

KINSTON, N.C., PLANT: Opened in 1975. Employs 255 people making syringe plungers, intravenous (IV) equipment and rubber materials.