W. L. Gore & Associates Announces Expansions in Arizona

21 February 2007 (Flagstaff, Arizona)

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc (Gore) announced today expansion plans for its Arizona medical products operations to meet anticipated growth

In Flagstaff, Gore is submitting plans for a new 40,000 sq. ft. facility on the Kiltie Lane campus in west Flagstaff. This expansion is in addition to the new 133,000 square foot Kendrick Peak manufacturing facility which will begin operations in April.

Additional growth elsewhere in Arizona includes: (1) a new leased manufacturing facility in North Phoenix; (2) the expansion of current leased offices in Tempe; and (3) the anticipated opening of escrow on acreage in North Phoenix for future expansion.

Gore also has medical operations in California, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Internationally, Gore Medical Division has operations in Scotland and Sweden, and has a pan-European customer service center in Spain.

Ten years on Fortune’s list of "The 100 Best Companies to Work" is a key ingredient in growing an international company. To support future growth, Gore seeks to expand in locations with sufficient pools of talent and where people want to live and work.

 

ABOUT W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES

Perhaps best known for its consumer products like GORE-TEX® fabric and ELIXIR® guitar strings, Gore is a leading manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for the electronics, industrial, fabrics and medical markets. The company is headquartered in Newark, Delaware, posts sales of almost $2 billion, and employs more than 7,000 associates at 45 facilities throughout the world.

The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for three decades. During that time, more than 23 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide. The extensive Gore Medical family of products includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes for hernia repair and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac and general surgery.