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Helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives fuels passion amid the Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain. Meet Mike Beck, Plant Manager at an Ethicon facility in Cornelia, Georgia, whose plant is involved in making sutures for surgeries around the world. More than 20 years ago, Mike, then a co-op engineering student at Texas A&M University, was drawn to working at Ethicon, Inc., part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. He wanted to make a difference.

“From Day One there was a personal connection with the work that Johnson & Johnson does and Ethicon in particular, making a device that, in the hands of a surgeon, makes a difference in somebody’s life,” Mike says. “That concept of being able to take my engineering background and schooling, and be a part of making a difference in people’s lives with our products inspires me still.”

Ethicon currently produces the majority of the world’s supply of surgical sutures. Mike knows how important this role is in the grand picture of global health care, pointing to efforts to enhance suture capabilities as no less than a commitment to deliver against public health needs while building upon a responsibility to local communities. The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employs 1,000 Georgians and has had companies with operations in the state for more than 65 years.

In September 2012, state and county officials joined representatives from Johnson & Johnson to announce that Ethicon is expanding manufacturing capabilities in Athens, Georgia. A 100,000-square-foot facility will be added in Athens to complement the Cornelia facility. As part of this project, Ethicon will also make capital improvements to the Cornelia site, in operation since 1947. Ethicon is expected to create 75 positions and invest approximately $185 million through 2016.

“We were fortunate to meet with and assist Ethicon with their expansion in Athens, and we know them to be a great corporate citizen,” said Peggy Chapman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Economic Development Foundation, Inc. “Their plans for tremendous capital investment and creation of new jobs are expected to have a major impact on our community, as well as the entire region.”

Mike Beck knows what an impact this will have both locally and globally. “Many of the people who work here at the plant do so for a reason,” he says. “They know the important role we have to help deliver safe products to doctors and surgeons. That’s what we are focused on—helping doctors help patients. It’s why we do what we do.”

From the 2012 Johnson & Johnson Annual Report