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Storz moves to town

Medical instrument firm expands

Karl Storz Logistics Manager Timothy Matson displays one of his company’s products at its new Southbridge distribution center. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
October 05, 2009
Two Tri-Community towns are receiving an economic shot in the arm.

Imaging device manufacturer Karl Storz Endoscopy has moved its logistics and distribution operations from its Charlton site to a 47,000-square-foot warehouse at 15 Wells St. in Southbridge.

The firm makes imaging instruments used by doctors to visually examine hollow organs of the body.

Seventy-five employees from the neighboring facility will now work in Southbridge. Most of those workers are Southbridge residents, according to Southbridge site Logistics Manager Timothy Matson. The firm moved into the building Monday, Sept. 21 after renovating it earlier this year.

Charlton is not being left in the lurch either. The Germany-based firm plans to expand its manufacturing operations on Carpenter Hill Road site in Charlton, according to Matson. He said the company will likely hire more workers to increase production. Successful sales prompted the expansion in both towns, Matson said.

"We're increasing production here in Massachusetts," Matson said. "It is really part of our growth plans. We're really excited about it."

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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