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VOL. 127 | NO. 88 | Friday, May 4, 2012

Medtronic Laying Off 220 Minn. Workers

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FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) Medtronic Inc. is restructuring its cardiac rhythm disease management division and is laying off about 220 workers.

The largest division in the Fridley medical technology company has struggled with slumping sales. The Star Tribune says the cardiac rhythm unit contributed about $1.2 billion of nearly $4 billion in third-quarter revenue. But, analysts say defibrillator sales have declined from about 20 percent annually to 2 percent.

Medtronic spokesman Christopher Garland says terminated employees at the Mounds View division will receive severance pay, outplacement services and medical benefit subsidies.

The company employs about 8,000 people in Minnesota.

Information from: Star Tribune, www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 405 4,276
MORTGAGES 104 424 4,814
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 68 749
BUILDING PERMITS 148 883 10,151
BANKRUPTCIES 53 264 3,149
BUSINESS LICENSES 46 201 2,092
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 21 122 1,246
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 94 808