DeVilbiss moves production back home
SOMERSET, Pa. – DeVilbiss Healthcare, a provider of respiratory supplies, plans to create between 20 and 25 full-time jobs by moving its manufacturing operations from China back to Somerset, Pa., according to a press release. The company expects to complete the move by the end of September 2013. Production lines for the DeVilbiss iFill Portable Oxygen Filling Station have returned to the United States, and the company is in the process of moving several lines of compressor nebulizers and oxygen concentrators back as well, the release noted. The relocation was facilitated by a U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development loan, which will help cover the costs of purchasing and installing manufacturing equipment. DeVilbiss in 2007 moved several production lines to China to decrease costs. The company cited improving economic circumstances and product efficiencies as catalysts for bringing the jobs back to the United States.