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Stryker set to lay off ?11 in September

Stryker Corp. is preparing to lay off area workers as it winds down the local operations it acquired from Gaymar Industries.

Stryker has filed a notice with the state Department of Labor that it will lay off 11 area employees starting Sept. 21.

A Stryker spokeswoman could not be reached to comment about the layoffs.

The Michigan-based medical device maker acquired Gaymar in 2010 for $150 million and announced last December that it would close Gaymar's operations in Orchard Park and West Seneca, which had 160 workers at the time. Stryker has previously said it would close the operations by the end of this year but had not specified when layoffs would begin.

Stryker has put the Orchard Park location up for sale for $3.9 million, through Pyramid Brokerage's Buffalo office.

Stryker said it was closing the Gaymar operations in the Buffalo Niagara region and relocating its production lines as part of a broader strategy to cut the size of its workforce and reduce its annual pretax operating costs by more than $100 million, starting in 2013.

Gaymar, founded in 1956, makes products that treat pressure ulcers and manage body temperature.
The Whitney family sold Gaymar to Cortec, a private equity firm, in 2000. Nautic Partners and Norwest Equity Partners bought Gaymar in 2003 and sold it to Stryker seven years later.

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