Costa Rica: Opening of Medical Equipment Factory

A $40 million investment by St. Jude Medical has enabled the development of this new manufacturing facility.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The factory, located north-west of the Costa Rican capital in El Coyol de Alajuela, will make heart valves and cardiac monitoring equipment.

"Dan Starks, St. Jude Medical's president, CEO and Chairman, commented that the firm plans to invest more than $670 million in infrastructure, salaries and capital over the next five years since in addition to the manufacturing facility it also intends to open a medical training center in 2011," reports Ana Cristina Camacho for

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Initially the branch in Costa Rica will be used to expand production of medical devices for its line of heart valves."

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