Johnson & Johnson investing $225M in 4 plants in Puerto Rico

October 4, 2012 by MassDevice staff

Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has big plans for Puerto Rico, investing $225 million in a clutch of existing manufacturing plants and planning to add more than 300 jobs.

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Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is investing $225 million to expand operations in 4 existing plants in Puerto Rico, the company and the governor of the U.S. island territory said. 

The company will add capacity in 2 plants in the town of Gurabo and 1 each in Manati and San Lorenzo, 1 of which is for medical devices and 3 are for Janssen pharmaceutical, spokesman Stephen Dnistrian told the Associated Press.

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The company said the expansion would add 308 jobs in the country, which currently has an unemployment rate of 13.5%. One of J&J's stent-making facilities in Puerto Rico received a pair of warning letters in 2010 from the U.S. FDA about quality issues and cut nearly 200 jobs in the past year at an over-the-counter drug plant in Puerto Rico.

Johnson & Johnson said last month that it planned to launch 4 new international innovation centers in Boston, San Francisco, London and China to "accelerate early innovation and enhance opportunities for collaboration and investment across its global healthcare businesses," according to a company statement.