Gov. heralds Olive Branch firm

Gov. Phil Bryant was on hand Tuesday to herald one of the state’s newest medical device providers and used the occasion to say Mississippi has a “healthy economy.”

Teleflex Inc., a leading global provider of special medical devices for use in critical care and surgery, began “ramping up” its distribution operations in Olive Branch in November and has reached its expected volumes for the time being, a company official said Wednesday.

The company shipped $26 million in products last week and $25 million the week before, said Geoff Hills, Teleflex vice president for Global Supply Chain & Technical Services.

Bryant, other top economic and government officials and Benson Smith, Teleflex chairman, president and CEO, spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday marking the Olive Branch center’s transition to full current operations.

The announcement of Teleflex’s decision to move its distribution operations from four other locations and consolidate them in Olive Branch was made in July 2012.

Teleflex, which has its global headquarters in Limerick, PA and its North American headquarters, in Research Triangle Park, NC., is the first company that was able to take advantage of the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone incentive program.

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