Medtronic picks San Antonio as site of medical device unit
The San Antonio location beat out two competing sites in the Kansas City area, including the Applebee’s Services Inc. headquarters in Lenexa, that had been in contention for the expansion, which is expected to add 1,300 jobs to the San Antonio area.
The announcement of the Medtronic site selection was made at a ceremony attended by Gov. Rick Perry in San Antonio on Monday afternoon.
The Medtronic facility will be located at a mixed-use development known as The Rim. Minneapolis-based Medtronicâ€™s diabetes division, which makes insulin pumps, glucose monitoring devices and diabetes-management software, is one of Medtronicâ€™s fastest-growing businesses. The unit already employs 1,500 people in Northridge, Calif., just outside Los Angeles, but reportedly doesnâ€™t have room to expand there.
In March, Medtronic officials confirmed that Kansas City and San Antonio were the final competitors for the expansion after a nine-month search. One the sites in Kansas City that had been considered was the 178,000-square-foot Applebeeâ€™s facility in Lenexaâ€™s Southlake Technology Park.