Edwards Lifesciences relocates to Draper facility
A major international medical manufacturer has opened a facility in Draper. The move could lead to growth for the company and 1,000 new jobs created over the next decade.
On Oct. 4, Edwards Lifesciences announced the opening of a brand new, 280,000 square-foot manufacturing and development facility located at 12050 Lone Peak Parkway.
State and local government officials, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Congressman Jim Matheson and Draper City Mayor Darrell Smith, were on hand for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the event.
"We are proud to welcome the expansion of Edwards Lifesciences in the State of Utah. Edwards' commitment to its employees, clinicians and patients will prove to be a tremendous asset as it continues to flourish and invest in our great state," Herbert said.
"It's a great thing for the city," Draper City Public Relations spokesperson Maridene Hancock said.
Edwards Lifesciences develops and manufactures products used in open-heart surgery and minimally invasive surgery for cardiovascular disease. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Edwards operates facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The new Draper facility will house engineering, research and skilled assembly operations required to develop products such as the transcatheter heart valve.
Edwards Lifesciences moved into the new facility after a year spent renovating the building and splitting operations between the Draper location and the company's former Utah home in Midvale.
Edwards Lifesciences Plant Manager for Utah Operations Layne Webb said all of the Utah operations have moved into the new Draper facility, which will allow the company to expand its product line and services.
"Draper is such a great community. We're really excited to be here," Webb said. "The work that we do as a company, helping critically ill patients, it's an exciting area to be in and a growing area, and so this new facility allows us to extend that mission and to accomplish that here in Draper."
Caption: Pictured (from left): Congressman Jim Matheson, Edwards Lifesciences Chairman and CEO Mike Mussallem, Gov. Gary Herbert, Mayor Darrell Smith and Edwards Lifesciences Utah Plant Manager Layne Webb. (Photo courtesy of Edwards Lifesciences.)