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Greatbatch expanding Texas operations, no impact in WNY

Medical device maker Greatbatch is relocating and expanding its North Texas corporate headquarters, but a company official said Friday that the changes will have no effect on the company’s research and manufacturing operations in Western New York.

“We are not planning on cutting back any of our presence here or moving any additional corporate or research and development jobs from here,” spokesman Christopher F. Knospe said. “We’re just moving to bigger space.”

The manufacturer, which was based in Clarence until three years ago, is moving its main offices about 1.5 miles from its current location in the Dallas suburb of Frisco to a new office park in nearby Plano.

The company will occupy about 52,000 square feet, or about two floors, of a new building that is under construction, with the help of local tax breaks. It’s expected to be finished and ready for Greatbatch to move in by April 1, 2016.

The shift is intended to accommodate the existing and expected growth in the headquarters staff, which has already expanded to about 30 employees. That’s up from the handful of top corporate executives that first made the move to Texas in 2012, as part of a plan to tap the larger and burgeoning medical device industry in the Dallas area.

As a result, the company is already running out of room in Frisco. It expects to add another 130 jobs over time to support its corporate administration and operations as Greatbatch pursues its global growth strategy, Knospe said.

“This is to accommodate incremental growth that we’re expecting down there,” Knospe said. “What you’re seeing is exactly what we said would happen. We’ve run out of space. We’ve identified a new location in North Texas.”

But he stressed that “it’s nothing that’s going to affect any of our operations here.”

“It’s not going to be manufacturing. It’s not going to be R&D,” he said. “It’s just incremental growth that’s going to be occurring as we execute our growth strategy.”

Greatbatch employs 750 in Western New York, in three locations, up from about 700 three years ago when the executives moved. Knospe said that’s been “relatively consistent” over time, but while there are no specific plans to add to its Western New York operations, the company hopes that all of its 18 global locations will benefit from its overall growth.