Cook Medical President Kem Hawkins has joined national and local dignitaries at the opening of Cook Medical’s new U.S. manufacturing facility that will add another 60 high-skill jobs to the local economy of Canton, Illinois. The new facility joins an existing $20 million factory in the town, that opened two years ago.
Cook Medical’s new 60,000 sq. ft. Canton facility will manufacture polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tubing used in a broad variety of the 16,000 different medical devices manufactured by the company. The location was selected because it capitalises on the existing mechanical and maintenance knowledge of workers in the Canton area, coupled with it being the boyhood home of the late Cook Group founder Bill Cook, who wanted to help revive his hometown.
Ultimately Cook expects its two Canton plants to employ more than 350 people.
In addition, parent company Cook Group also has invested more than $15 million in Canton’s downtown square, building a new 32-room boutique hotel and buying and improving a shopping mall and other properties.
“Today, we are thrilled to open Cook Polymer Technology Canton, which will provide another 60 jobs to the people of Canton and add a significant economic boost to this small community. At Cook, we have always believed in reinvesting revenues earned here and abroad in new manufacturing facilities that create jobs for people, while ensuring that the Cook organization continues to grow,” Hawkins said. “Over nearly 50 years, Cook has reinvested more than $1.5 billion dollars in plants across the U.S. and in key facilities overseas that now employ 10,000 people. And we hope circumstances will allow us to continue that tradition.”
Source: Cook Medical