Medical device company Baxter recently marked the completion of a $270 million expansion project that more than doubled the size of its production facility in Opelika, Alabama.

The expansion brings the total current size of the Opelika facility to 400,000 square feet, roughly the size of seven football fields. Three years ago, Baxter broke ground on the project that added four production lines and 230,000 square feet to the facility.

According to company officials, before the project’s launch in 2014, a total of 170 people worked in Baxter’s Opelika plant. This expansion will more than double that number to more than 350.

“This expansion more than doubles both the physical size and number of employees in Baxter’s Opelika facility, allowing us to increase the production of life-sustaining dialyzers we produce for patients with end-stage renal disease,” said Baxter Opelika Plant Manager Rosalyn Rivera-Valentin said.

“The investment in both the facility and in our people only helps to strengthen our local economy,” Mayor Gary Fuller said. “We are excited to continue our relationship with an organization that is leading the way in life-saving technologies for kidney patients.”

This report, republished with permission of Halcyon Business Publications, Inc., originally appeared on August 30, 2017, in Area Development Online:

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