Surgical devices maker Theragenics is looking to add some employees overseas at it prepares to ramp up manufacturing at a new facility in Costa Rica, part of larger outsourcing plans that included cuts in the U.S.
The company leased a new plant in San Jose, Costa Rica, where it plans to manufacture components of its vascular access products, according to a press release. That means that Theragenics will look to hire about 50 new workers in the area over the next few months.
"The opening of our facility in Costa Rica expands our footprint and provides us with manufacturing capabilities we did not previously have," Theragenics CEO Frank Tarallo said in prepared remarks. "This will allow us to be closer to our vascular access customers. Costa Rica is a country that understands and supports the medical device industry, and our facility there will deliver the same quality, dedication and service that have been our foundation for years."
The opening is part of the company’s previously announced plans to outsource parts of subsidiary Galt Medical, which earlier this year announced the closure of a Texas plant and the layoffs of nearly 140 workers. The company said at the time that the medical device tax was at least partly to blame for the decision to move operations overseas.