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Becton Dickinson Transfers Stateside Division To Las Piedras

Company’s $33 million investment will create 200 direct jobs; local plant will produce surgical safety blades and scalpels for U.S. distribution


February 27, 2003
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At a cost of $33 million, Becton Dickinson (BD) Caribe Ltd. has just finished transferring its Surgical Blades & Scalpel division from the company’s Hancock, N.Y., plant to Las Piedras.

The company will produce Bard-Parker medical devices, a BD-registered product that sells 90 million scalpels annually, in addition to safety-engineered medical devices such as safety blades for U.S. distribution.

"Our vision, which is to help all people live healthy lives, drives our plans," said Enrique Aviles, the BD Juncos & Las Piedras plant manager who supervised the technology transfer over three years. "Those plans include the transfer of additional products to the manufacturing facilities already on the island as well as the development of high-speed systems for our anesthesia needle business."

With the completion of the technology transfer from Hancock to Puerto Rico, BD expects to create more than 200 direct jobs and another 100 or more indirect jobs in the Las Piedras region.

The announcement was made during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at BD’s Las Piedras plant. Representing BD’s New York headquarters were Frank Guido, senior vice president & medical surgical general manager, and Cal Alexander, operations vice president.

"We are confident that our associates in Puerto Rico will operate a high-quality and reliable manufacturing facility," said Guido. "This transfer couldn’t have been achieved without the collaboration of our associates from both Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland," added Alexander. "It is important that we recognize the efforts of the employees of the former Hancock facility for their never-ending dedication to the surgical blade business."

Established in Puerto Rico since 1956, BD has nearly 1,000 employees on the island. It makes diagnostic products at its manufacturing plants in Cayey, anesthesia and biopsy needles in Juncos, surgical blades and scalpels in Las Piedras, and blood collection devices in San Lorenzo.

This Caribbean Business article appears courtesy of Casiano Communications.
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