We confirmed late Wednesday that Bard Medical will close its Stewartville operations this year -- a grim way to start the year for the area economy.
We'll have more on the Bard story today, but here are quick notes from Stewartville City Administrator Bill Schimmel:
Confirmation of the closing was from Mark Thorburn, Bard's on-site director of manufacturing and distribution.
Current employment is 185 full-time and temporary workers, not the 250 that's been reported (which, frankly, from our archives and reporting seemed high).
Timetable for the closing of the three plants is undetermined.
Meetings with employees are happening this week.