Covidien Plant Finds Good Fit with Commerce
It’s not everyday that a global company finds a local connection, but that’s exactly what Covidien does. A $10 billion dollar company, the healthcare product company has operations right here in Commerce, utilizing a 300,000 sq. ft facility on Maple Street.
Covidien Ltd., formerly Tyco Healthcare, operates the property in Commerce for the purpose of syringe and needle manufacture. These materials, produced for the Covidien brand Kendall, are used in healthcare facilities worldwide, and in a wide variety of settings, some of which include dental, veterinary, spinal, safety, and traditional hypodermic needle customers. While the Commerce division focuses on this facet of the company, Covidien also produces everything from imaging equipment, used in radiology, to pharmaceuticals.
The plant in Commerce operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the three shifts that the plant operates on, over 360 people are employed by Covidien right here in Commerce. The medical supplies manufactured here reach a global market as well, with over 25 percent of the equipment produced right here in Commerce going to an international market.
The presence of Covidien’s operations in Commerce has also gained the attention of state lawmakers. In just the last couple months, the plant has enjoyed visits by both United States Congressman Ralph Hall and Texas State Representative Dan Flynn, an example of how both Commerce and Covidien benefit from their economic relationship, as attention gets drawn to both company and community.
A technologically advanced facility, Covidien-Commerce has a high-speed, streamlined method that speeds up the assembly process and helps ensure that things run smoothly. In addition to robotic packaging systems and the automated high speed assembly, Covidien practices gamma sterilization.
The high volume of material that the Commerce plant puts out doesn’t mean they shirk on safety, however, as they’ve made it a stated goal to ensure the well-being of their employees, making that an essential part of their mission statement.
The products that Covidien puts out are instrumental world-wide in ensuring that people receive the best when receiving medical care. With a core set of values that include accountability, collaboration, compassion, and diversity, Covidien commits itself to be a 21st leader in business and medical technology.
It is commitments like these that have made Covidien the world leader in medical innovation that it is today. The existence of the plant here in Commerce shows both the pros of a smaller community for a big business, and so too the mutual benefit that both Commerce and Covidien can find in the relationship. It’s for that reason that Covidien makes a “good fit” for Commerce, and one that shines as an example to other companies of the many things that Commerce has to offer.