Dept. of Commerce: Gov. Doyle Welcomes Hospira to Wisconsin

Ethnie Groves, Governor’s Press Office, 608/261-2156
Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661
Tareta Adams, Hospira, 224/212-2535

Project will bring up to 450 jobs to Wisconsin

PLEASANT PRAIRIE-Gov. Jim Doyle today welcomed Hospira, Inc. to Wisconsin.
Department of Commerce Secretary Cory L. Nettles attended the ceremony on
behalf of the Governor at the company’s new facility in Pleasant Prairie.

“I am pleased to welcome Hospira to Wisconsin for the beginning of a long
and successful public-private partnership,” Gov. Doyle said. “My Grow
Wisconsin plan calls for establishing a business climate that will foster
the creation of family-supporting jobs across Wisconsin. This project will
bring up to 450 jobs to Wisconsin.”

“Hospira’s Pleasant Prairie site holds great strategic importance for our
company,” said Christopher B. Begley, chief executive officer, Hospira.
“Several important employee groups work at this location, including our
Customer Care and Midwest Distribution Center operations – both of which are
critical to our ability to serve our hospital customers. We are honored to
join Secretary Nettles and other dignitaries to celebrate the occupancy of
our facilities in Pleasant Prairie.”

Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery
company dedicated to Advancing Wellness(tm) by developing, manufacturing,
and marketing products that help improve the safety and efficacy of patient
care. Created from the core global hospital products business of Abbott
Laboratories, Hospira is a new company with 70 years of service to the
hospital industry. The company’s portfolio includes one of the industry’s
broadest lines of generic acute-care injectables, which help address the
high cost of proprietary pharmaceuticals in hospitals; integrated solutions
for medication management and infusion therapy; and a full-service contract
manufacturing business. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., north of
Chicago, Hospira has more than 14,000 employees and 15 manufacturing
facilities worldwide. Hospira’s news releases and other information can be
found at