Medical equipment manufacturer Cardiac Science Corp. will move up to 25 jobs to its Deerfield location between now and December.
It’s particularly good news for the former Burdick factory because just three months ago, Cardiac Science, based in Bothell, Wash., had decided to close the Deerfield plant by the end of the year.
The factory’s 125 employees make stress test systems, electrocardiograph machines and automated external defibrillators — devices commonly found in public places to help people who suffer cardiac arrest.
They will add production of vital-signs monitors and other equipment, which will be moved from sister company Criticare Systems of Waukesha later this year. Criticare will lose about 40 production jobs, but will add about 70 office and administrative positions being shifted from Bothell.
“We are consolidating operations in the Wisconsin area because of the generally lower cost, and there’s strong medical technology expertise in the state. So it made sense to concentrate things in Wisconsin,” said Dave Marver, Cardiac Science chief executive officer.
The original plan had called for closing the Deerfield plant and shifting production to Waukesha because Criticare owns the building there, while the Deerfield building is leased. But Opto Circuits (India), parent company of both Cardiac Science and Criticare, decided to keep both operations open, with manufacturing in Deerfield and office staff in Waukesha. “It gives us room to grow,” Marver said.
Marver and about 50 employees will maintain Cardiac Science’s headquarters in Bothell.
Opto Circuits, of Bengaluru, India, bought Criticare in 2008 and Cardiac Science last December. The company is “growing very quickly,” Marver said.