LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — With every poke, prick and shot it’s clear that syringes are vital to the medical profession. Even more so since the much-awaited rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Becton Dickinson (BD) has led in needle and syringe production all across the world for years. It has four locations in Nebraska and has been doing business in the Cornhusker state for about 70 years.
“We normally make seven billion syringes a year, we’re going to make an extra billion this year to specifically deliver the COVID vaccine,” BD CEO Thomas Polen said at Governor Ricketts’ news conference Wednesday.
Part of the expansion means hiring more staff at the Nebraska locations, roughly 200 to 250 employees, to meet the demand.
BD has been in touch with the federal government to make sure enough syringes are being produced to support the worldwide vaccination effort.
“This past December we announced a $1.2 billion investment over four years to expand production capacity there in Columbus, Nebraska as well as in other parts of the world for our pre-filled syringes. This is as vaccines move from vials into pre-filled devices. We’re going to be making those devices right there in Nebraska,” Polen said.