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Welch Allyn plans $30 million expansion

Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, today it has designated Skaneateles Falls as its global headquarters, and plans to break ground on a $30 million expansion project in the spring.

In making the announcement, the company said it will add to its workforce of nearly 1,125 employees another 175 workers over five years--each of whom contributes to the greater Central New York community and local economy.

"Welch Allyn has been committed to manufacturing in Upstate New York for over 90 years, and, today, we're renewing that commitment by establishing Skaneateles Falls as our global headquarters and confirming our plans to add over 120,000 square feet of additional manufacturing and administrative space as well as renovate another 50,000 square feet to the State Street facility," explained Welch Allyn president and CEO Julie Shimer. "In addition to alleviating some overcapacity issues at our State Street and Jordan Road facilities, this project will provide much needed room for us to continue to manufacture higher technology digital and connected products along with some of our high volume consumable products.

"Building an Innovation Economy is the cornerstone to the revitalization of Upstate New York. Welch Allyn's decision to move its global headquarters to Skaneateles is a tremendous boost to the region and a sure sign that Upstate New York does foster a climate ripe for economic development," said Governor Eliot Spitzer. "New York, through the Empire State Development Corporation, will continue to strive for bold investments to spur job growth throughout the region and we're proud to be working with companies like Welch Allyn who are leading the way as a catalyst for continued growth in the region."

Shimer said Welch Allyn's Skaneateles Falls-based manufacturing operation will continue its evolution into high-tech centers, capitalizing on increasing global market demand for the company's digitally-enabled patient monitoring, electronic vital signs and diagnostic cardiology product offerings, in addition to its traditional core product categories. She said the company finished the year with strong sales with much of the total year-on-year growth coming from products manufactured in Skaneateles Falls.

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