Barrier protection product maker Tillotson Healthcare Corp. is reorganizing its operation to focus more on developing its latex and nitrile glove technology strengths.
That process ultimately could result in the sale of one of the firm's two New Hampshire manufacturing facilities.
The reorganization was spurred in part by Tillotson Healthcare's determination to resolve debt and legal issues resulting from glove allergy litigation, according to Tom Tillotson, president and CEO of the Bedford, N.H.-headquartered company. He would like to resolve those issues by February.
The firm has two manufacturing plants in New Hampshire, but one currently is not operating, he said at the International Latex Conference, held July 30-31 in Fairlawn, Ohio. That building, located in Rochester, N.H., eventually may be sold, he said, but was vague on the manufacturer's overall reorganization plans.
Its Dixville Notch, N.H., glove production site will continue to be the company's primary manufacturing facility, Tillotson said. Other than the Rochester plant, Tillotson Healthcare has no current plans to shut other facilities, he said.
``We want to remain in the U.S.,'' he said. ``We have great technology and a great staff. We want to stay here as long as we can figure out a way to do that profitably.'' Most other natural rubber latex glove and condom operations have opted to shift their manufacturing bases to Southeast Asia.
While Tillotson Healthcare, which also makes wound care products, is one of a few latex and synthetic latex glove companies still manufacturing in the U.S., it also makes gloves at factories in Malaysia.
Most other remaining U.S. glove producers have smaller operations that produce synthetic latex goods for niche markets.
The reorganization project likely will be complete in early 2003. ``We'll focus on our cutting-edge latex and nitrile glove technology innovation, which is our strength,'' he said. The president and CEO wants to expand that technology to give the company a stronger base in the market.
In March, the glove maker came out with a new nitrile glove, called True Advantage, which Tillotson said is the next generation of medical or industrial glove. ``It's an excellent glove that can breathe,'' he said. Other new offerings are in the development stage.
While Tillotson Healthcare is noted for the variety of examination gloves it produces, the firm also makes an assortment of other hand care products, including gloves for the surgical, dental, personal/home and industrial markets.
The company distributes its hand and wound care products globally through 700 distribution locations with more than 2,500 sales representatives in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific Rim.
Tillotson Healthcare was formed in 1991 as part of the Tillotson Corp. group of companies. It became an independent operation with Tom Tillotson at the helm in 1993.