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Cook Medical to Open New U.S. Medical Device Manufacturing Plant in Canton, IL; to Hire 60 Employees


8/27/2012 10:10:26 AM

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Cook Medical President Kem Hawkins to dedicate $19M high-tech manufacturing plant that bucks recent U.S. trend of increased overseas medical production

CANTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At the opening of its newest U.S.-based manufacturing plant, Cook Medical President Kem Hawkins will discuss the impact reinvestment in small-town American cities such as Cook’s two plants in Canton, which have a combined investment cost of approximately $40 million, could have in reinvigorating America’s economy. Over its 49-year history, Cook has reinvested more than $1.5 billion in medical device manufacturing facilities that now employ about 10,000 in the U.S. and in select sites overseas, a growth strategy Cook executives hope to continue.

Other speakers will include U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-IL, and Canton Mayor Kevin Meade, whose remarks will focus on the remarkable turnaround his city has experienced thanks to Cook’s vision of building small-scale medical manufacturing plants in small communities where a high-skill workforce and other economic development assets are readily available.

WHAT: Official Opening of the Cook Polymer Technology Canton plant

A new $19M, 60,000 sq. ft. PTFE tubing manufacturing facility built on a remediated brownfield site in Canton, IL. The plant will provide a variety of tubing for use in medical devices manufactured by Cook Medical and will ultimately employ 60 skilled, high-tech employees.

WHO: Scheduled speakers include:

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL
U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-IL
Canton Mayor Kevin Meade
Cook Medical President Kem Hawkins

WHEN: Friday, August 31
10:30 a.m. CDT

WHERE: Cook Polymer Technology Canton
225 S. Third Avenue
Canton, IL 61520

About Cook Medical

A global pioneer in medical breakthroughs, Cook Medical is committed to creating effective solutions that benefit millions of patients worldwide. Today, we combine medical devices, drugs, biologic grafts and cell therapies across more than 16,000 products serving 41 medical specialties. Founded in 1963 by a visionary who put patient needs and ethical business practices first, Cook is a family-owned company that has created more than 10,000 jobs worldwide. For more information, visit www.cookmedical.com. Follow Cook Medical on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contacts

Cook Medical
David McCarty, 812-322-1805 (mobile)
Director, Global Public Relations
Dave.mccarty@cookmedical.com


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