DELAND, FLA. — Tyco International Ltd.'s Kendall Healthcare unit will spend an estimated $90 million to expand its medical molding operation in DeLand and bring a new product on the market.
The company will not say what that product is, but it will require the business to invest in high-speed equipment and syringe molds, said Ralph Mills, human resources manager at DeLand in an April 12 telephone interview.
Kendall already has identified both workers and equipment to launch a pilot production line this spring and ramp up work quickly. Within the year, the business will move to a new 10,000-square-foot plant.
"The pilot line will help us work out the bugs and validate the new product," Mills said.
Eventually, production will shift into a 60,000-square-foot facility, leaving the smaller building available for training and other limited operations.
Construction, equipment purchases and the addition of 80 jobs to the base of 730 employees at DeLand will stretch out over a five-year period, Mills said.
Kendall already produces medical, dental, veterinary and spinal collector needles and syringes at DeLand. The new product complements the lineup, he said.
"Things are going well right now, and this is one more way of helping us become competitive," Mills said.