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Arrow International in Asheboro to close by 2017, 635 employees affected

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Arrow International will be shutting its doors by 2017, impacting 635 employees.

The Asheboro operation, which is owned by Teleflex, currently employs 470 full-time people and 165 contract workers.

The decision was announced in a press release Thursday as part of “global restructuring” by the company.

The plant produces medical devices, specifically catheters and sterile surgical kits and has operated in Asheboro since 1952. Arrow was purchased by Teleflex in 2007.

The facility is located at 312 Commerce Place in Asheboro.

“We deeply regret this decision and the impact it will have on the lives of employees and their families,” Mayor David Smith said. “That is our primary concern. It’s a big loss for our community. We know that these workers are highly skilled and hard working and they will be a great addition to any employer. We stand ready to support them and to work with local company officials through the next three years of transition.”

Production will be relocating to another Arrow plant in Mexico.

The relocation of production will reportedly create Trade Adjustment Act eligibility for the workers, a program which helps people displaced by the relocation of manufacturing to other countries.

The N.C. Department of Commerce and Randolph Community College’s rapid response team will be available to work with employees for retraining and job placement services

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