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There's not much rest these days for Philips Respironics in Upper Burrell, the busy makers of sleep therapy devices for the treatment of sleep apnea.

This month the company opened a 172,000 square foot, $32 million, silver LEED manufacturing center. Its former facility in Murraysville will continue to produce ventilation and neonatal products for the hospital and homecare markets.

The modern two-level building rests on 34 acres in Westmoreland Business and Research Park and includes inviting amenities such as a walking trail, fitness center and designated parking for hybrid vehicles. The facility will employ 325 by the year's end.

"We built this facility to ensure the highest level of quality and reliability. We also set out to create a bright, healthy and inspiring environment for our employees," says Don Spence, CEO of Philips Home Healthcare Solutions, the parent company of Philips Respironics.

Philips Respironics was founded in western PA in 1976 and since then the company has blossomed into a billion dollar business. Company sales continue to climb, from $7 million in 1986 to $1 billion in 2006. Products are sold in 141 countries and the company employs 5,346 worldwide and 1,716 in Pennsylvania.

In 2008 it was acquired by Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands. The company was the first to commercialize continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for treating OSA in 1985. Today PAP is considered the standard in care for millions of sufferers.

Philips Respironics has about 5,346 employees worldwide, 1,716 of whom are in Pennsylvania.

Source: Philips Respironics

Philips Respironics
1010 Murrays Ridge Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15668-8525
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