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Johnson & Johnson Medical announced that because of reorganization its Arlington, Texas, headquarters will be closed during the first quarter of 2001. The closure will result in 200 general administration employees' positions being dissolved. In addition, two departments will be transferred: the Vascular Access division will be moved to Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Advanced Wound Care and Tissue Regeneration will be relocated to Ethicon, Inc. in Somerville, NJ. Johnson & Johnson reports that the core staff of these departments will be offered transfers to the new locations.
Additional changes will be the combining of the General Wound Care division and the Packs, Gowns, and Wearing Apparel division. The new locations of this unit will be located in Sherman, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. The Advanced Sterilization Products division will remain in Irvine, Calif, but will become a part of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Research and development will remain in the United Kingdom and manufacturing for all divisions will continue at existing locations.