St. Jude Medical expands.
St. Jude Medical, Inc. on Sept. 19 announced plans to expand
operations here. SJM purchased a facility in Arecibo's Santana
Industrial Park, which allows it to increase its operations here by 30%
and create up to 1,200 new jobs within the next three years. It is
expected to begin operating by mid-year 2008. Initially, SJM in Arecibo
will produce cardiac rhythm management devices, including pacemakers and
pacing leads, which are currently produced at the company's Caguas
plant. SJM also to begin manufacturing implantable cardioverter
defibrillators (ICDs) and corresponding high voltage leads at the
Arecibo site at a later date. The Caguas site will continue to
manufacture mechanical heart valves and Angio-Seal vascular closure
devices, and also is expected to add new product lines in the future,
said Daniel J. Starks, president/CEO. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.,
SJM employs 12,000 worldwide. Details: www.sjm.com.