Hill-Rom Breaks Ground On Welch Allyn Campus Expansion
Friday, May 5, 2017
SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y., May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), has begun a facility expansion that will add approximately 100,000 square feet to its Welch Allyn campus.
The company announced in September 2016 its commitment to bring more than 100 new jobs to Central New York, where Welch Allyn has maintained a significant presence for more than 100 years. Hill-Rom's new facility will help accommodate these new positions, a large portion of which will be R&D and engineering roles, and potential future growth for Hill-Rom's Front Line Care business, of which Welch Allyn is the largest component. It also will allow for centralization of local warehousing and distribution operations.
"The contributions of our Welch Allyn team to Hill-Rom's ability to enhance outcomes for patients and their caregivers are substantial, and we are energized about our expansion and the new jobs we are bringing to Skaneateles Falls," said Hill-Rom President and CEO John J. Greisch at a groundbreaking celebration today with employees and public officials. "We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Hochul, Empire State Development, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Congressman Katko, State Senator DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Finch, County Executive Joanie Mahoney, as well as the Onondaga County Office of Economic Development, Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency and Central New York REDC, for their commitment and support."
Hill-Rom on April 28, 2017, reported strong fiscal second quarter financial results, driven in part by the success of new Welch Allyn products such as the RetinaVue™ Imager and Connex® Spot Monitor.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer said, "Today is an exciting day for Skaneateles and all of Central New York. This groundbreaking - and the 100 new jobs it ushers in - will solidify Welch Allyn's presence in this community for years to come. With help from our state and local governments, along with my work delaying the onerous medical device tax, today's groundbreaking and the 100 plus jobs that come with it will provide a real boost to the region's economy."
"When we say 'Central New York Rising' it's not a slogan, it's a statement of fact," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul during the groundbreaking ceremony. "Governor Cuomo has reversed the paradigm when it comes to creating jobs in Upstate. Welch Allyn, an important presence in Central New York, will bring 100 new positions to its soon-to-be-expanded facility, an unmistakable signal of the area's economic revival."
"Investing more in our people, our facilities and in Central New York benefits our employees, our business and the local economy," said Mr. Greisch.
The company expects the new facility to be ready for occupation in 2018.