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Baxter Healthcare

Baxter International Inc. is a global, diversified healthcare company that develops, manufactures and markets products to treat hemophilia, kidney disease, immune disorders and other chronic and acute medical conditions. These products are used by hospitals, kidney dialysis centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, doctors’ offices, clinical and medical research laboratories, and by patients at home under physician supervision. The company manufactures products in 26 countries and sells them in more than 100, with more than half of its sales coming from outside the United States. Baxter employs approximately 48,500 people worldwide. In 2008, sales totaled $12.3 billion globally.

Baxter employs approximately 800 team members in Mississippi. The 900,000-square-foot facility in Cleveland, established in 1949, is the company’s longest-operating U.S. manufacturing plant. It is also one of the most diverse, manufacturing more than 850 products and nearly 900 product components for all three Baxter businesses and external contractors.

From sterile solutions to specialty intravenous (IV) administration sets, Baxter’s Cleveland facility produces a number of product lines with a diverse array of technologies, ranging from solution filling to injection molding. Cleveland specializes in plastic pour bottles for surgery irrigation, medical device manufacturing, glass containers for IV solutions, sterile water vials manufacturing, custom and specialty IV-administration sets and anesthesia trays.

Cleveland employees also take an active role in their communities. Through October 2008, Baxter employees around the world logged 140,000 hours as part of the Global Service Project. In Mississippi alone, employees recorded over 3,000 hours in the community through involvement in a number of volunteer initiatives, including the United Way, American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity.

In 2008, the combined charitable giving from Baxter and The Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter, totaled $44 million with more than $12 million given domestically. Foundation grants help organizations expand access to healthcare in the United States and around the world, particularly for the disadvantaged and underserved, in communities where Baxter employees live and work.

In 2008, the Foundation awarded more than $30,000 to support healthcare access projects in Mississippi, and more than $3,000 as part of its matching gifts program. Additionally, the Foundation sponsors a merit-based scholarship program for children of employees. In 2008, $3,000 in scholarships were awarded to area students.

For more information about Baxter Healthcare, please visit www.baxter.com

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