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Covidien cutting 70 jobs in Norfolk, NE

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) -- A company spokeswoman says around 70 people will be losing their jobs at the Covidien medical supplies plant in Norfolk over the next few months.

Lisa Clemence is manager of media relations for Covidien at its U.S. headquarters in Mansfield, Mass. She said Monday that the plant will have about 360 employees when the cutbacks are completed by April.

Clemence says Covidien is restructuring so it can operate more efficiently and compete more aggressively. The employees will be getting severance pay.

Among the plant's medical products are syringes and blood-collection tubes.

Covidien, which makes several health care products, separated from Tyco International in 2007. Covidien's world headquarters is in Dublin, Ireland.

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