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Company Expanding in Athens

ATHENS - A sister company of a manufacturer already located in Athens-Clarke County has decided to locate facilities in the county.


Ethicon, Inc. announced its plans to expand operations at the Noramco, Inc. site in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Both companies are subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson.

"For 31 years, Noramco has been a model corporate citizen in Athens-Clarke County. We are thrilled to welcome their sister company Ethicon to the area,” said Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson. “Athens-Clarke County is an ideal location for bio-tech companies and recruiting more of this type of business is a focus of our economic development efforts. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Ethicon.”

The Ethicon surgical care business offers a broad range of technologies that are used in a variety of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Specialties include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer, and obesity.

“We are pleased that we will be taking these steps to enhance our manufacturing capabilities, which, in turn, helps to support better solutions for surgeons and positive outcomes for patients,” said Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman, Global Surgery Group, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics. “We value the relationships we have built with health care providers globally, our employees, and our local communities and view our investments in Georgia as further demonstration that we intend to uphold our commitments to our stakeholders now and into the future.”

As part of the planned expansion, Ethicon will also make capital improvements to its Cornelia facility, which has been in operation since 1980. Ethicon’s Cornelia facility currently produces more than 85 percent of the world’s supply of surgical sutures. Through this expansion – which would add a 100,000-square-foot facility that will complement its Cornelia facility in the production of suture raw materials – Ethicon is expected to create 75 positions and invest approximately $175 million through 2016.

Promoting the economic assets of the community in an effort to attract a number of diversified industries, The Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Foundation is devoted to establishing new businesses that will create additional jobs and import capital investment to Clarke County, Georgia.

Peggy Chapman, president and CEO of the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc., welcomes the Ethicon expansion, saying, “Their plan 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.”