Governor Corbett Commends DeVilbiss Healthcare for Bringing Jobs
Back to Somerset; Touts the Benefits of Make It in PA
to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Department Governor Tom Corbett
today toured DeVilbiss Healthcare LLC, a medical device manufacturer that
recently moved its China-based manufacturing back to its global headquarters in
building a stronger Pennsylvania where innovative companies like DeVilbiss
Healthcare can grow and compete in the global marketplace,” Corbett said.
“Through our commitment to putting jobs first, we are sending a message to
manufacturers throughout the nation and around the world that businesses thrive
when they make their products in Pennsylvania.”
Somerset, DeVilbiss Healthcare’s global headquarters are housed in a
152,000-square-foot facility which houses manufacturing, distribution and
warehouse space, together with research and development and corporate offices.
The company is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of
respiratory medical products that address the respiratory needs of patients in
institutional and homecare settings.
2012, based on continued quality concerns, cost increases, strengthening of the
Chinese yuan and higher than anticipated working capital investment, DeVilbiss
determined the optimal solution was to relocate the production of the
China-based products back to Somerset. This project was financed by Somerset
Trust Company and backed by a USDA business and industry loan guarantee.
DeVilbiss has more than 200 employees at its Somerset facility. Bringing
China-based product lines back to the Somerset facility has created a total of
more than 25 direct assembly, engineering and quality positions and several
indirect vendor jobs.
believe it is Pennsylvanians – their creativity, ingenuity, talents and skills
– who drive companies to make Pennsylvania home,” said Corbett. “DeVilbiss
Healthcare’s decision to move production back to Somerset is a testament to the
company’s visionary leaders and the hardworking men and women that are
producing innovative products for people throughout the world.”
visit continues the momentum of Gov. Corbett’s JOBS1st PA initiative, which was
first launched in 2012 and has created a comprehensive roadmap to economic
recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize
private-sector job creation and retention.
upon JOBS1st PA’s successes, Gov. Corbett’s 2014-15 budget places focus on Make
It in PA investments to ensure the continued resurgence of Pennsylvania’s
manufacturing, life sciences and technology sectors.
more information about Governor Corbett’s commitment to JOBS1st PA visit www.pa.gov.
Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Kratz, DCED; 717-783-1132