A longtime North Charleston manufacturer of surgical lighting systems and other high-tech operating room equipment is shutting its doors.
Stryker Corp. recently notified employees that it is closing the former Berchtold Corp. at 1950 Hanahan Road by the end of 2016.
The Kalamazoo, Mich.-based company said in a statement that the plant’s operations “will be transitioning” to its “existing manufacturing network” but did not elaborate.
“Stryker has a strong legacy of delivering results and we are constantly evaluating our business to ensure that our resources are aligned to drive growth, meet the needs of our customers and increase operating efficiencies in a complex global environment,” the company said.
Stryker spokeswoman Jo Hawk declined to say Thursday how many employees are being let go or whether they are being offered transfers.
The work reportedly is moving to the Dallas area, the home of a Stryker subsidiary that oversees the North Charleston business.
Then owned by privately held Berchtold GmbH, the manufacturer set up shop in the Lowcountry in 1988 after relocating from Stamford, Conn., with a handful of employees. It grew to become the German company’s North American headquarters.
Berchtold had about 115 local employees in 2012, when it marked its 90th anniversary with a lavish celebration in downtown Charleston. Medical technology giant Stryker bought the business for about $172 million in April 2014. At that point, Berchtold’s worldwide operations had annual sales of $125 million.
It is unclear what will become of the Hanahan Road site. Charleston County land records show the property belongs to a company registered to former Berchtold owner Theo Fritz.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story contained the incorrect closing date for the plant.
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