BD’s understated presence in Georgia belies the fact its products are critical to surgical procedures and helping to prevent infections in healthcare facilities all over the world. In fact, BD has played a significant role in the fight against COVID-19 and was tapped to assist the U.S. government’s assistant secretary of health in charge of testing, Admiral Brett Giroir, in coordinating and implementing a national strategy for expansion of access to COVID-19 testing.
Additionally, patients hospitalized with coronavirus and other medical issues are likely being treated with products sterilized in BD plants in Covington and Madison.
In Georgia alone, more than 100,000 patients monthly rely on the 15 million medical devices BD safely sterilizes in Covington and Madison.
From urinary catheters, PICC lines, oncology ports, breast biopsy needles, vascular and ureteral stents, feeding tubes, and more, these lifesaving devices are found in nearly every hospital and healthcare facility in Georgia.
BD has a longstanding presence in these communities with roots dating back to 1967.
Today, BD employs more than 1,000 employees at its facilities in Covington and Madison:
These facilities work together and are vital to BD’s ability to maintain a consistent supply of critical medical technology that safely meets the needs of patients and healthcare workers worldwide.
BD has a vested interest to ensure our employees and communities are safe. The sterilization facilities in Georgia use the best available EtO emissions control technology to destroy more than 99.9% of EtO in its operations, well beyond the federal requirement of 99%. These facilities are and have been in compliance with government regulations.
In fact, the company historically emits 90% fewer emissions than its permits allow in Covington and Madison.
Over the last 50+ years, BD has become part of the fabric of the local Newton and Morgan County communities. The annual economic contribution of BD’s operations in Covington and Madison is more than $40 million, including employee salaries and benefits, tax income for the public sector and charitable giving.
BD is a proven good corporate citizen and responsible neighbor. BD employees in Georgia donate their time, money, goods and services to charitable organizations in the area including Project ReNeWal, Willing Helpers Medical Clinic, Special Olympics of Newton County, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Fuzz Run, and many others.
We have been named as one of the companies changing the world by Fortune magazine three separate times because of our commitment to pursuing efforts that help serve unmet health care needs across the world.
We have also been named to Corporate Reputation magazine’s list of the Top 100 Corporate Citizens for the past five years.