The purchase includes approximately 400,000 square feet of land with the potential for future expansion. The Company said it plans to construct a new 250,000 square-foot distribution center on the site. The new facility will be double the size of its current distribution center in Beek, the Netherlands.
"Growth throughout the Company has resulted in the need to increase our distribution capacity," said Jim Taylor, Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations for Boston Scientific. "When complete, the new distribution center will allow us to double our current footprint to meet the growing demands of markets we serve outside the United States."
The Company plans to begin construction of the new facility in the second quarter of 2004 and to complete construction by the second quarter of 2005. Kerkrade is 15 miles from Beek. The Kerkrade facility will replace the Beek facility.
Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. The Company wishes to caution the reader of this press release that actual results may differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements and may be adversely affected by, among other things, risks associated with the commercialization of new technologies, operational efficiencies, and other factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.