Stryker confirms layoffs as medical tech company expands


    KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A major West Michigan employer confirms they are laying off some employees.

    Officials at Stryker are calling it an organization restructuring. This comes as the medical tech company expands in Portage.

    A Stryker official has confirmed to Newschannel 3 that they are downsizing in Kalamazoo County. However, the Portage mayor says that just Tuesday night, Stryker cleared the last hurdle to start construction on a brand new facility in Portage.

    On Wednesday, Stryker officials confirmed the layoffs. While company officials will not provide an exact number, calls into our newsroom say about 50 people will lose their jobs.

    Despite this, the Portage mayor says Stryker is still committed to building a brand new facility. The Portage City Council approved the plans Tuesday night.

    The new facility is expected to be 485,000 square feet. Stryker received a million dollar state grant and a seven million dollar tax break for the project.

    The Portage mayor says Stryker has reassured him, while Mayor Peter Strazdas declined to go on camera, Stryker officials sent Newschannel 3 the following statement;

    “We have determined that organizational changes are needed to help drive efficiencies across our business, including limited reductions in our work force.

    “These changes will allow us to invest in important areas to build new capabilities that will help us keep growing in Kalamazoo and continue meeting the needs of our customers.”

    Stryker officials say the layoffs affect a small percentage of people. They also say employees affected by the layoffs can apply for other jobs within the company.

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