Gatesville’s high-tech medical mannequins go roboGatesville’s high-tech medical mannequins go robohttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=46402014-03-20T08:02:00Z2014-03-20T00:00:00Z

GATESVILLE - The Laerdal Medical Corporation plant has been designated as a reinvestment zone to enable the company to seek tax abatements for a proposed $1.75 million expansion/renovation and $650,000 in new equipment, according to County Judge John Firth.

With about 200 employees, Laerdal is one of Gatesville's largest employers. In 2000, Laerdal merged with Medical Plastics Laboratory, a 50-year-old local company with a production plant at 226 FM 116.

The team at the Gatesville plant assembles about 20 variations of sophisticated mannequins used for medical and first aid training by hospitals, the military and the Red Cross.

The Gatesville plant also provides research and development, tooling design and rapid prototyping of new products, said Marcia Hoge, Laerdal controller. The company was asked to develop mannequins to simulate amputations and wounds and symptoms from chemical and biological weapons.

Striving to keep pace in “a huge competitive market” of medical training devices, Laerdal is adapting its products to ever-changing needs, Hoge said. Renovating the Gatesville plant is part of that process.

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