QUEENSBURY -- C.R. Bard plans to cut 50 more local jobs in 2012.
The announcement was made Friday to employees, but the company also said it could retain Queensbury workers by bringing new products to the site.
The global medical company announced last winter 200 positions would be shifted from the Queensbury plant to other areas. Less than half of that number was immediately impacted at that time, C.R. Bard Vice President and Treasurer Scott Lowry said Friday.
"We're obviously committed to the area, and we're looking for other opportunities to move products in," Lowry said. "We don't view this as anything major or something as a signal in any way."
The 50 positions could be relocated outside the U.S., and would leave the Queensbury plant with around 770 employees. Severance packages will be available.
The positions are related to steerable catheters. It is unknown which product line or lines would replace the steerable catheters.
An assembly line worker said the decision came at 11 a.m. from team leaders to groups. The woman also said the company told workers the 50 jobs would be relocated by July to a C.R. Bard facility in Mexico. She requested her name not be used because she feared she could lose her job if identified.
Edward Bartholomew, the Glens Falls economic/community development director, said the city has been working to aid the region's medical device makers.
As part of a city grant application sent in October to the governor's Capital Regional Council of Economic Development, the city requested money to study the status and stability of the medical device industry in the region.
Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. CEO Tom Hoy has also expressed concerns over the industry's stability. He noted the issue to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer when the senator visited the South Street construction project earlier this year.
"We'd certainly like to stop the floodgate of jobs leaving our area to go overseas," Bartholomew said.