Ethicon, Inc. is planning to expand operations in Athens, increasing the company’s Georgia presence by adding a 100,000-square-foot facility here to complement its Cornelia facility in the production of suture raw materials, according to Governor Nathan Deal's office.
Ethicon is expected to create 75 positions and invest approximately $185 million through 2016 in Athens and also to improve the Cornelia plant, which produces the majority of the world’s supply of surgical sutures.
The Ethicon surgical care business offers technologies used in a variety of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. These include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity.
The new Athens facility will be built on the site of Noramco, which manufactures pharmaceutical ingredients used in medications and medical devices.
Ethicon will break ground on its Athens site during a Sept. 20 ceremony involving Gary Pruden of Johnson & Johnson, Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Athens Mayor Nancy Denson and other corporate and community representatives.
“We were fortunate to meet with and assist Ethicon with their expansion in Athens, and we know them to be a great corporate citizen,” said Peggy Chapman, president and CEO of the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc. “Their plans for tremendous capital investment and creation of new jobs is expected to have a major impact on our community as well as the entire region.”