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Two major medical device companies will be expanding operations into Northeast Ohio.
Phillips Healthcare, maker of diagnostic, clinical and home healthcare products, recently announced it plans to move approximately 100 jobs from its San Jose, California, operations to Highland Heights, Ohio, according to the Plain Dealer.
The company said the move is part of an effort to consolidate its nuclear medicine division. Most of the new jobs will be part of the research and development division with an average salary of $115,000 per year.
Meanwhile, Steris Corporation, which manufacturers medical-equipment sterilizers and other healthcare equipment, said it was planning what it called a “significant” investment in the region that would create a number of new jobs.
Although the details of the deal have not yet been disclosed, Steris is expected to take advantage of state aid, as well as incentives from the nonprofit BioEnterprise, a group dedicated to build the region’s biomedical economy.
Baiju Shah, executive officer of BioEnterprise, told the Plain Dealer that more job creation from Phillips and Steris would help strengthen the state’s healthcare sector.
“Both of these companies are important flagship companies for the region. And both are leaders within their respective areas in the medical industry,” Shad noted.

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Auto insurance company Progressive Corporation has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 workers across five states.
The Associated Press reports the insurance agency is looking to fill a variety of positions including sales, claims and services.
In all, Cleveland-based Progressive said it expects to hire 1,106 new employees in Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Florida and Arizona.
The largest number of new employees, 390, will be hired for the company’s Riverview call center in Tampa Bay, Florida.
John Hoppe, Progressive’s national employment director, told the Tampa Bay Times that the job growth is largely driven by the company’s ability to build its customer base and beat out its competitors.
“It’s certainly the largest (hiring push) for us in the last five years, both in Tampa Bay and companywide,” Hoppe added. “There are some out there who say auto insurance is a leading indicator for the economy,” he said. “I’m not sure. I’m hopeful, but it’s too difficult to say. We’re able to continue growing in a down economy or an up economy.”
Most of the entry-level jobs will start with a base pay of $12 to $15 per hour.

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