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Baxter's Costa Rica Facility Recognized With Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing
Date:2/4/2008

g cycle time by nearly 65 percent.

Approximately 1,200 employees at the 152,000 square foot Cartago plant produce a range of products, including IV administration sets, along with subassemblies for other Baxter plants. The facility supplies finished goods used in 60 countries globally, and component parts to other Baxter manufacturing facilities located in 10 countries. An industry role model, the facility was the first in Central America to receive both ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 certification and the first Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certified company in the region.

"A disciplined approach has allowed us to continuously improve product quality and delivery and reduce manufacturing cycle time," said Chester Zelaya, plant manager of Baxter's Cartago facility. "Our employees are relentless in their commitment to creating a culture that meets the highest standards of quality and efficiency and this award is a direct result of their hard work."

The facility will receive its award at the Annual Shingo Prize Conference, to be held in Dallas on April 3, 2008.

Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, assists healthcare professionals and their patients with the treatment of complex medical conditions, including cancer, hemophilia, immune disorders, kidney disease and trauma. The company applies its expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives.


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