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Criticare Systems, Inc. (CMD) to Cut Jobs in Pewaukee



5/26/2011 9:31:43 AM

Criticare Systems Inc. plans to shift some of its manufacturing operations from Pewaukee to Deerfield, resulting in the loss of 42 jobs at the Waukesha County location.

The layoffs, which are expected to be permanent, will begin June 1, according to a mass layoff notice filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The layoffs amount to about 40 percent of the company’s Pewaukee work force, according to the company.

Some of the functions performed at Criticare’s Pewaukee plant will be moved to Deerfield, in Dane County, where another subsidiary of Criticare’s parent company, Bangalore, India-based Opto Circuits Ltd., has a plant.

The Criticare functions “might be integrated” with other Opto Circuits operations, the notice stated. Opto Circuits has owned Criticare since 2008.

Opto Circuits expanded its presence in Wisconsin when it bought Bothell, Wash.-based Cardiac Science Corp., a manufacturer of automated external defibrillators, electrocardiac devices, cardiac stress treadmills and diagnostic work stations. Opto Circuits paid $68 million for Cardiac Science, which occupies the Deerfield plant. The deal was announced in November 2010.

“Like any business, we must now find our way back to profitability, which means consolidating operations and reducing costs where possible,” the company stated in the filing, which is signed by Craig Hernikl, the company’s human resources director.

Founded in 1983, Criticare manufactures a variety of medical devices, including vital sign monitors, pulse oximetry devices and patient monitors.

In August 2010, Criticare moved to a nearly 60,000-square-foot facility at N7 W22025 Johnson Drive in Pewaukee. Previously, Criticare was located in a 30,000-square-foot building in the town of Brookfield.

Criticare purchased the Johnson Drive building, which had been occupied by Smiths Medical PM Inc., for $2.35 million. Smiths ceased operations at the site in early 2010, leaving 100 employees without jobs.




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