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FLA orthopedics moving 163 jobs to Mexico.

The German parent company of FLA Orthopedics is closing a manufacturing plant in South Florida and moving all 163 jobs to Mexico.

Layoffs began May 29 and will occur in four phases through Sept. 30, according to a notice filed with Florida state officials by BSN Medical, a Hamburg, Germany-based firm that purchased FLA Orthopedics in November 2007.

All manufacturing operations are expected to be transferred to Reynosa, Mexico, a city of 507,998 on the Texas border, by Oct. 1.

FLA Orthopedics workers being laid off will have the chance to apply for other jobs at BSN, company executives said.

The layoffs at FLA Orthopedics are part of a cost-cutting initiative by BSN that includes the consolidation of its manufacturing facilities in Miramar, Fla., and Huntsville, N.C. Poag told the South Florida Business Journal that BSN employs 30 people in Huntsville.

FLA Orthopedics, based in Miramar, designs and manufactures orthopedic, sports medicine and spinal bracing products.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:Orthopedic Design & Technology
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2009
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