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Welch Allyn plans $30 million expansion

"Welch Allyn is a stunning example of a successful, innovative, high-tech business that is competing in the world marketplace from right here in Central New York," said Upstate Empire State Development Chairman Dan C. Gundersen. "ESD is pleased to support this new $30 million expansion project that will retain Welch Allyn's current workforce of over one thousand and lead to an additional 175 employees. Furthermore, this confirms that Central New York is a viable place to do business."

Shimer explained that the company expects to receive state and local assistance totaling over $2 million including assistance from Empire State Development Corporation along with other financial and technical assistance form OCIDA (Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency), NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), NYS Center of Excellence for Environmental Systems, and NYSTAR (New York State Foundation for Science, Technology, and Innovation). She also said the company will use an environmentally conscious approach to the initial development and long term sustainability of the expansion and the site. In doing so, we plan to achieve a L.E.E.D. (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certified rating.

"Our steady success has caused some growing pains that need to be addressed in the short-term, including cramped working conditions, compromised capacity for new product development, and limited room for growth," added Shimer. "We are making this investment while our business is strong and growing nicely, and we are in a good position to make the significant investments in people, capital and processes necessary to ensure our long term growth and competitiveness."

Welch Allyn currently has manufacturing facilities in Beaverton, Ore.; as well as Navan, Ireland; Jungingen, Germany; Tijuana, Mexico.

"Welch Allyn appreciates the cooperation and assistance from all levels of government for making both of these new initiatives a reality", stated Welch Allyn president and CEO Julie Shimer.

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