Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

April 11, 2014

Hill-Rom acquires Virtus

After buying Virtus products for 21 years – and for the past 16 years from its Batesville-based location – Hill-Rom leaders decided to acquire the supplier, reported Larry Baumann, Hill-Rom, Chicago, global communications executive director. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition was final April 1. Virtus operations now report to Valerie Finarty, Hill-Rom vice president of supply chain operations, he added.

Virtus, with annual revenue of $18-19 million, is located at 1896 Lammers Pike, Batesville, she said. The facility had been privately held and majority owned by DCC PLC, Dublin, Ireland, which was founded by Jim Flavin as a venture and development capital company in 1976.

The supplier manufactures finished surfaces for hospital beds and stretchers, plus several hundred components that go into Hill-Rom made surfaces, including a topper, mattress cover and air bladders that go inside some mattresses. The vice president explained, “Hospitals are increasingly looking for bladders that inflate and deflate” to turn a patient over and help prevent wounds.

Finarty observed, “I’m thrilled the Virtus team is going to be part of Hill-Rom. I think they’re a great addition. They have a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge about things we can do better. The focus on quality and ongoing fulfillment to our customers is going to be critical in the coming months.”

Virtus veteran manager John Miller, now Hill-Rom director of Virtus operations, is part of her team. He commented the acquisition “is a good thing for Hill-Rom and also for Virtus. I think integrating our skills here will help Hill-Rom and ... their mattress line.”

“We’re a close-knit team at Virtus,” he reflected. When the announcement was made at the plant April 1 by Finarty; Scott Jeffers, Hill-Rom global supply chain senior vice president; and John Leonard, one of the DCC owners, “overall there was a huge shock.” Leonard, who had been visiting the facility about every six weeks, “came through and talked to everybody. It was an emotional farewell.”

Text Only
Local News
  • nws - bv081914 - BCC hardebeck City panels in generous moods In back-to-back Aug. 12 meetings, the Batesville Board of Works and Batesville City Council voted to spend money on six projects. Brian Hardebeck, Batesville Fire and Rescue Department first assistant chief, asked BBW to allocate $39,043 to refurbish

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seven agencies involved in man's arrest An Ohio man was apprehended after an hourlong pursuit near Dillsboro Sunday, Aug.17, according to a Ripley County Sheriff’s Office news release.“Officers were given information that Perry Bruce, 34, Cleves, Ohio, was en route to a location in Ripley

    August 19, 2014

  • Nonprofit empowers families “Family Connections’ mission is building strong families. We believe by building strong families we build strong communities. We empower families to become the best they can be,” points out executive director Connie DeBurger. The southeastern Indiana

    August 19, 2014

  • Local leaders react to sources of water study Despite meeting in Batesville, Ripley County and Franklin County are opposites when it comes to their sources of water, according to an Indiana Chamber of Commerce study called “Water and Economic Development in Indiana: Modernizing the State’s Appro

    August 19, 2014

  • 'We're going in the right direction' The local economic development outlook may finally be making a positive turn. Mayor Rick Fledderman told Batesville Economic Development Commission members Aug. 15, “We’re starting to see more bites in this area. It’s just starting to pick up .... We

    August 19, 2014

  • Man hurt during river robbery

    August 17, 2014

  • Members approve water rate restructuring Oldenburg Utility Services Board member Doug Pulskamp and utility clerk Ruth Cooper told town council members Aug. 4 about a water rate restructuring recommended by the OUSB.The reasons: On Nov. 13, 2013, Batesville officials passed a 40 percent rate

    August 15, 2014

  • nws - bv081514 - central house bedroom Can Central House be rescued? Inns for drovers (persons who herded droves of animals to market) used to dot the countryside on early stagecoach routes across America. Many were two-story red brick buildings, oases for travelers who needed to buy food, water, supplies and, if weal

    August 15, 2014 4 Photos

  • nws - bv081514 - BCC MYC Sewer rate hike almost a done deal After discussing the possibility of a sewer rate hike at a special July 29 meeting, the Batesville Board of Works was at it again Aug. 12.Mayor Rick Fledderman said, “No one wants to have rate increases, but if we’re going to provide the services and

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials believe code will have its challenges With any new piece of legislation, policy or ordinance, there may be concerns about how its implementation will actually work. The same is true with the new criminal code, which took effect July 1. One of the reasons for the revisions was concern tha

    August 15, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape
Photo Gallery

Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.