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Company plans to move jobs from China to Charlotte area

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A manufacturing company based in Charlotte plans to ship 100 jobs overseas, but not in the usual direction. Diagnostic Devices says it will be moving some of its manufacturing from China to the Charlotte area. The company makes medical devices such as meters that test blood glucose levels for diabetics and breathing machines for asthmatics. Brenda Kreuzer with Diagnostic Devices says the company plans to build a high-tech facility in the Charlotte area. She says the new manufacturing process requires fewer workers. "We could make more of our product at a lower cost. We would be saving a lot of money on the freight and charges that we pay which are really exorbitant right now and be able to have everything nearby," explains Kreuzer. Diagnostic Devices plans to add 100 jobs over the next two years. Kruezer says the company would like to see a campus in the Charlotte area that includes all its manufacturing, distribution and sales operations. The company currently employs 50 people in Charlotte and 850 people in China. Diagnostic Devices' decision comes after Chinese manufacturers have been linked to contaminated baby milk and blood thinners and toys made with lead.