ELYRIA, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Invacare Corporation (NYSE: IVC) today announced that it will transfer production of Invacare® Rea® manual wheelchairs from its facility in Dïo, Sweden to its wheelchair manufacturing facility in Fondettes, France by January 2018. This move will allow the company to better optimize its wheelchair manufacturing facility in Fondettes, while enabling its Dïo facility to focus on its production of beds for the Nordic market, along with its distribution center for lifestyle products.
“As we continue to make progress in Phase Two of our strategic transformation, we will continue to leverage our existing global infrastructure and further increase efficiencies. By transferring wheelchair production from Dïo to Fondettes, we are able to create a European wheelchair center of excellence that is centrally located to our European customers. We will continue to stay close to our Nordic customers and maintain the on-time and reliable delivery that they have come to expect from us,” said Matthew E. Monaghan, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
In line with this move, Invacare has completed its discussions with the European Works Council and the local union, and will proceed with activities to transfer wheelchair manufacturing to the Fondettes facility by January 2018. The transfer is expected to generate an incremental $1.6 million in annualized pre-tax savings in the Europe business segment. Due to this realignment, the company expects to incur restructuring charges and related operating costs of approximately $1.4 million on a pre-tax basis in the Europe business segment, including severance costs for approximately 70 associates. Consistent with the company’s commitment to minimize the impact on associates, transition assistance will be provided to affected employees.
About Invacare Corporation
Invacare Corporation (NYSE: IVC) is a leading manufacturer and distributor in its markets for medical equipment used in non-acute care settings. At its core, the company designs, manufactures and distributes medical devices that help people to move, breathe, rest and perform essential hygiene. The company provides medical device solutions for congenital (e.g., cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida), acquired (e.g., stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, post-acute recovery, pressure ulcers) and degenerative (e.g., ALS, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), elderly, bariatric) ailments. The company's products are important parts of care for people with a wide range of challenges, from those who are active and heading to work or school each day and may need additional mobility or respiratory support, to those who are cared for in residential care settings, at home and in rehabilitation centers. The company sells its products principally to home medical equipment providers with retail and e-commerce channels, residential care operators, distributors and government health services in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. For more information about the company and its products, visit Invacare's website at www.invacare.com.
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