HARRISBURG, May 17, 2013 -- Contact:
Dawn Bonsell (717) 237-2286
USDA Announces Funding for DeVilbiss Healthcare LLC
in Somerset, Pennsylvania
Manufacturing Jobs returning to Pennsylvania from China
HARRISBURG, May 17, 2013 – Thomas Williams, USDA Rural Development State Director, recently announced that DeVilbiss Healthcare LLC has received a $1.8 million business and industry loan guarantee.
The 125 year old respiratory medical device manufacturer, headquartered in Somerset, Pennsylvania, currently manufactures in both the United States and China and distributes products through medical equipment dealers and providers in over 212 countries. However, in an effort to continually improve its manufacturing processes, the company found a need to move production back to the United States.
DeVilbiss Healthcare LLC will purchase manufacturing equipment, install it at the Somerset headquarters, and transfer manufacturing operations from China back to the United States. The project is estimated to preserve 92 and create an estimated 20 full-time jobs manufacturing high-end medical devices, including compressor nebulizers, oxygen concentrators, and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment.
The Somerset community will benefit from an increase in area economic viability, an improved local tax base, and high-value products and services. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
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