A company that makes products used in hospitals and doctors’ offices is closing its manufacturing plant in Stevens Point. Joerns Healthcare says the work will be transferred to plants in Arlington, Texas; Matamoros, Mexico and Dumar, Arkansas over the next six to 12 months.
“Our customers are demanding lower cost solutions and it is essential we respond quickly to support their changing environments,” president and CEO Mark Ludwig said in a statement.
The company notified employees of the move on Tuesday.
“Joerns clearly has simply put profit ahead of the lives of these great employees,” Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson said in a statement. Halverson said the city and state had offered millions in incentives and tax credits to keep Joerns in Point.
It is not clear how many employees would be affected though Halverson estimated the number between 140 and 200 employees.
The company says it will keep several employees in Point to provide customer and technical support and to design and develop products.