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QUEENSBURY — A medical device company has gone on a hiring spree after buying Bard, which has a well-known local manufacturing plant.

BD has put up signs on the bike trail, is passing out flyers and recently changed the sign at Bard on Bay Road as it tries to hire 45 new employees.

The company needs engineers, supervisors, workers trained in the “continuous improvement” efficiency system and many other positions. A flyer being circulated around the region says the company is also looking for manufacturing team members, with no previous experience needed. The openings are listed at www.crbard.com/careers.

The company has not been overwhelmed with applications, but BD isn’t too surprised by the trickle of qualified applicants so far.

“Generally, you know, unemployment’s pretty low,” said BD spokesman Troy Kirkpatrick. “When unemployment’s low, it’s more difficult to find qualified employees.”

The company has 740 employees at the former Bard plant now. It will have 785 or more when it finishes hiring, perhaps ending up “near 800,” Kirkpatrick said.

The plant is still making the same goods it made before BD bought Bard. The Queensbury site makes medical devices, mostly for the vascular system. The devices typically treat arterial disease.

BD bought Bard for $24 billion at the end of last year. At that time, Bard had 16,000 employees, while BD had 65,000 employees. One of the goals in the acquisition was for BD to expand into vascular care, according to the announcement made by BD at the time.

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You can reach Kathleen Moore at 742-3247 or kmoore@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @ByKathleenMoore or at her blog on www.poststar.com.

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reporter - Health care, Moreau, Queensbury, South Glens Falls

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