About 95 factory workers at Baxter Healthcare Corp. in Largo got a dose of bad news this week: Their product line — and their jobs — are moving to Singapore by yearend.
A spokeswoman for the Deerfield, Ill., company said the production of home kidney dialysis machines is being shifted overseas because most of the components come from Asia and most customers are outside the United States. The Singapore facility, which has more than 2,000 employees, is the major device-manufacturing plant for all divisions of Baxter, which had 2007 sales of $11.3-billion.
It is the second blow to Baxter's operations in Largo, which were acquired from Johnson & Johnson in 1984. Due to last year's sale of its transfusion therapies business, Baxter will also stop contract manufacturing in Largo of products used by blood banks, resulting in 100 more job cuts by the end of 2008.
The local Baxter operation will continue limited manufacturing, training, product repair and service, research and development, and customer service with about 300 employees.
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