HealthTronics' new facility to create 45 jobs

Following its acquisition of Irvine, CA-based Endocare, HealthTronics plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Austin, TX and add 45 new jobs. Endocare made medical probes used for cryoablation procedures to treat certain cancers. When the new hires are made, HealthTronics will have about 650 employees and says it expects to manufacture about 40,000 probes each year.

HealhTronics was one of Endocare's biggest customers before the two merged last year. The company decided to move the Irvine operations down to its home base of Texas. Some employees followed, though the company is still looking to fill positions at the new plant, including jobs in manufacturing, engineering and customer service.

HealthTronics is just one of several medical device companies to announce new jobs in the Austin area. Hanger Orthopedic Group is moving from Bethesda, MD; Michigan's Pioneer Surgical Technology will hire 30 people in Austin this year; and St. Jude Medical plans to add jobs in the area as it moves into larger offices.

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