Trividia Manufacturing Solutions, Inc., formerly P.J. Noyes Company, was founded in 1868 by pharmacist Parker J. Noyes, who settled in Lancaster, New Hampshire after serving as a Lieutenant in the Civil War. He opened an apothecary and began manufacturing various drugs in powder, pill, liquid, and ointment forms. These medicines were sold to physicians throughout New England, who in turn dispensed them to their patients.
Noyes brought the first electricity to Lancaster in 1885, and invented some of the first automated tablet manufacturing and coating machinery. At the turn of the century, P. J. Noyes Company was one of the largest drug manufacturers in the country, even publishing and printing its own magazine. According to the 1902 catalog, “Noyes Pectoral Syrup with Heroin should be placed at the head of cough remedies, as its sales far exceed all others combined.”
After Noyes’s death in 1912, the company was owned and managed for almost fifty years by James Dow. During this time, Noyes medicines maintained a loyal clientele in New England, but the company did not adapt well to changing distribution channels and new regulatory requirements. As a consequence, virtually all production of P. J. Noyes’ prescription products ceased.
During the 1960s and 1970s, at the request of renowned psychologist B. F. Skinner, P. J. Noyes Company developed the first precision food pellet for use in animal research. The company developed a line of specialized foods for laboratory animal research that were produced in tablet form, using pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment. These “Noyes Pellets” became the standard food reward for behavioral research in psychology, and were later adapted for a wide range of studies in nutrition, neuroscience, medical research, and the NASA space program.
In 1985, David and Sarah Hill purchased the company and reinvigorated the laboratory animal food business, while strengthening the company’s contract manufacturing capabilities. The Hills saw a need among marketing companies in the pharmaceutical and nutritional industries for high quality contract manufacturing services, and began to focus the company’s resources on fulfilling that need. The laboratory animal food business was sold in 2001.
P.J. Noyes Company was dedicated solely to serving its contract manufacturing customers in the markets of dietary supplements, OTC pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, personal care products, homeopathics, and veterinary products. These customers range in size from sole proprietorships to multinational corporations. Products made at P.J. Noyes are found in all major U.S. retail outlets and on many shelves around the world.
In August 2013, P.J. Noyes was acquired in a strategic partnership with Nipro Diagnostics, Inc. – a leading manufacturer and marketer of blood glucose monitoring products and diabetes management supplies. The company name was changed to Nipro Consumer Healthcare (DBA: P.J. Noyes Company). Nipro Consumer Healthcare manufactured oral glucose products and other lotions and creams for the diabetic consumer while remaining dedicated to serving its contract manufacturing customers in the markets of dietary supplements, OTC drugs, personal care products, homeopathic products, and veterinary products.
In January of 2016, Nipro Diagnostics announced its acquisition by Sinocare Group. With the completion of this acquisition, Nipro Diagnostics has been renamed Trividia Health, and Nipro Consumer Healthcare (DBA: P.J. Noyes Company) has been renamed Trividia Manufacturing Solutions. Trividia Manufacturing Solutions continues to maintain a strong OEM (Contract Manufacturing) business and also manufacture products for our parent company, Trividia Health.