?A Mecca for Medical Device Manufacturing
At last count, Puerto Rico was home to over 70 medical devices manufacturing plants. Surgical and medical instruments, ophthalmic goods, dental equipment and supplies, orthodontic goods, dentures and appliances, laboratory apparatus and furniture; you name it and it's made in Puerto Rico.
Medtronic, Stryker, CR Bard, Abbott Medical Optics and Coopervision are among the top international medical equipment and supply companies that have found Puerto Rico to be a profitable location for manufacturing.
Experienced, Competitive Workforce
With five decades of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing under its belt, Puerto Rico has a highly experienced workforce knowledgeable in GMP, FDA and other global regulations. Nearly 18,000 employees currently work in the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing industry in Puerto Rico.
Although 60% of employees in the life sciences have at least a bachelor's degree, Puerto Rico offers the lowest labor costs of any region under U.S. jurisdiction – with hourly earnings in manufacturing averaging 66% of the U.S. average in 2012.