At the beginning of May, medical device manufacturer Teleflex (Wayne, PA) announced that it would cut jobs and close plants as part of a restructuring without offering any specifics. Today, we learned that it plans to significantly downsize operations at Arrow International, a division of Teleflex that manufactures catheters and surgical kits, among other medical products, in Asheboro, NC. Production will be moved to a Teleflex facility in Mexico.
The Asheboro plant employs 635 workers, most of whom will be laid off starting in 2015 and going into 2016, according to the company. Arrow International was purchased by Teleflex in 2007, and is the eighth largest employer in the region, according to the Courier-Tribune.
"We deeply regret this decision and the impact it will have on the lives of employees and their families. That is our primary concern," Asheboro Mayor David Smith said in a prepared statement. "It's a big loss for our community. We know that these workers are highly skilled and hard working and they will be a great addition to any employer. We stand ready to support them and to work with local company officials through the next three years of transition."
The news comes on the heels of another medical device manufacturer, Greatbatch Inc. (Frisco, TX), announcing that it would shutter operations at its subsidiary, Electrochem Solutions (Beaverton, OR), and move those jobs to Mexico.