BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, was joined by Gov. Pete Ricketts and other state and local leaders to break ground on a $60 million upgrade of its Columbus-East facility. Company Also Celebrates 50 Years of Cannula Production in Columbus.
Investing USD 60 million, BD expects to transform the Columbus-East facility by 2021 as one of the largest and most sophisticated plastic molding plants in the world.
Governor Ricketts, said, “This is an exciting day for growing the community of Columbus and the State of Nebraska. BD’s $60 million expansion at their Columbus-East facility is another example of how the industry’s faith in our state can help create new opportunities in our communities. With facilities in Columbus, Holdrege, and Broken Bow, BD has been a great partner in growing the Good Life and we appreciate their ongoing investment in Nebraska.”
James Borzi, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer of BD, commented, “BD is one of the largest users of plastic injection molded products in the world, with hundreds of billions of units produced internally each year. The new facility will centralize a majority of BD’s North American plastic molding production and will support multiple business units in the U.S. and around the world.”
Addressing at the event, Laurie Reagan, the plant manager for the new plastic molding facility, highlighted BD’s plans to invest $7 million to improve the skill sets of the its associates to retain and retrain them for plastic molding manufacturing or to facilitate their transfer to its other manufacturing facility in Columbus or other sites across the BD network. BD is collaborating with Central Community College to develop a customized curriculum for its retraining needs.