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New plant expected to hire 150 in Bardane

December 09, 2009|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

BARDANE, W.Va. -- Randox Laboratories, a maker of clinical diagnostic testing equipment, will open a manufacturing facility in a vacant building in the Bardane Industrial Park, company officials said Wednesday.

The announcement was made at the offices of the Jefferson County Development Authority. Thomas Bayuzik Jr., authority executive director, said the British company bought the former 33,000-square-foot Investors Associates building in the industrial park. The building can be expanded as the company grows, Bayuzik said.

When fully operational in Bardane sometime in 2011, Randox will have invested about $7 million. It is expected to employ about 150 people there, including a full range of scientific, administrative, manufacturing and distribution positions, said Pauline Bradley, global finance manager for Randox.

Bayuzik said his office has been working with Randox officials for more than a year before the company decided on Jefferson County. He said his agency often spends months trying to get companies to move into the county only to have them go elsewhere.

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Bradley said her company has invested $150 million developing revolutionary diagnostic technology.

"We believe that with the pioneering spirit of the people of West Virginia, we can manufacture and develop more life-changing diagnostic products," she said.

One of its diagnostic machines, for example, is used in emergency rooms and can detect if a patient merely has chest pains or is undergoing cardiac arrest by conducting five or six tests simultaneously and providing results to attending physicians within minutes.

Randox's slogan is "Revolutionising healthcare through continuously improving diagnostic solutions." 

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin was invited Wednesday but bad weather kept his plane grounded in Charleston. He offered his congratulations and encouragement by speakerphone at Wednesday's announcement ceremony.

Randox is a privately held company founded in 1982 in Crumlin, United Kingdom, by Dr. Peter Fitzgerald. It has more than 800 employees and operates in 19 countries. 

Randox customers include hospitals, clinics, government research facilities and laboratories around the world. The company's products extend beyond the typical hospital laboratory with applications in veterinary, food, wine, cosmetic and sports testing, employee screening, forensics and drug-abuse, according to a company brochure.

"We endeavor to provide influential innovative products that create meaningful impacts on the lives of individuals globally. We hope you enjoy....the discovery of how diagnostics can shape the future of healthcare," the brochure said.

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