Sunrise consolidates, recalls

Sunday, September 30, 2007

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Sunrise plans to consolidate its North American operations in Plainfield, Ind., a move that will create 70 new jobs, the company announced Aug. 10.
The company will close its manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tenn., and relocate its Florida- and Massachusetts-based engineering and assembly operations to a new 180,000-square-foot facility in Plainfield.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered the company up to $250,000 in performance-based tax credits and $36,000 in training grants based on the company’s announced job creation plans. The town of Plainfield offered the company property tax abatement worth more than $436,000.
In other news
The FDA announced in August a recall of three Quickie power wheelchair models. According to the agency, a wire in the products may short circuit, resulting in a spark, smoke or flame. There is a chance that the material close to the wiring (such as bedding, clothing, etc.) may catch fire, the agency said.
The recalled models are Rhythm, Groove and Zippy Z-Bop (with Quickie IQ enhanced displays). The company distributed 220 of the powered wheelchairs between July 20, 2006, through March 11, 2007, the FDA said, adding that Sunrise contacted its customers about the recall by phone and mailed notification letters.