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  1. The draft bill of the U.S. tax reform being considered in Congress has the potential to “catastrophically impact” the island’s economy, jeopardizing more than 70,000 well- paid jobs and more than 35 percent of the Commonwealth’s budget, Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association President Rodrigo Masses warned Monday.
  2. Pharmaceutical company Amgen, which has a multi-building complex in Juncos, released third quarter results Wednesday, where it confirmed it is back to full operations five weeks after Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico.
  3. Pharmaceutical company Amgen confirmed Hurricane María did not significantly impact its critical manufacturing operations in Juncos, where it employs 2,000 people.
  4. High-tech medical devices manufacturer Boston Scientific is investing $10.5 million and creating 100 new jobs at its Dorado plant, company and government officials confirmed Wednesday.
  5. Girard Manufacturing, a wood office furniture store based in Canóvanas, has filed for Chapter 11 protection at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, listing more than $3.8 million in debt, according to court records.
  6. Mexican pharmaceutical Neolpharma Group, which began operating in Puerto Rico in 2013, will invest $35 million to expand its Caguas facility, creating 150 new jobs over a 24-month period, company and government officials said.
  7. Puerto Rico Economic Development and Commerce Secretary, Manuel A. Laboy-Rivera said the agency is “focused on continuing to work with the Integrated Economic Development Plan (PDEI) to further increase the island’s manufacturing index to more than 50 percent.
  8. Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico Executive Director Natalie A. Jaresko urged local manufacturers to be an “active part of the island’s turnaround."
  9. Medtronic Puerto Rico, a medical technology, services, and solutions company, unveiled Tuesday a 17-acre area comprising 18,000 photovoltaic cells at its plant in Juncos, in the presence of company and government officials.
  10. After marking 30 years in Puerto Rico Toa Baja-based Challenger Brass & Copper (CBC) recently obtained the ISO 9001: 2008 certification for meeting the highest levels of quality and service established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
  11. Puerto Rican cement product manufacturing company Master Products in Toa Baja announced Tuesday the start of a new phase in energy self-sufficiency with the installation of a $1.8 million solar panel system for its plant.
  12. The Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust and the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association hosted a roundtable Wednesday to provide details on Quest 2017, an event that promotes the exchange of best practices to optimize the island’s competitiveness.
  13. Seed research and development company Syngenta on Tuesday re-opened its Salinas facilities, after investing some $6 million in upgrades, company officials announced.
  14. FirstBank announced it has granted Pentaq Manufacturing Corp.the first working capital line of credit of $4.5 million under the CAPLine program of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
  15. Puerto Rico’s first medical cannabis pharmaceutical company, IMC Corp., has been given the go-ahead to start operations in Ponce upon receiving its license from the Commonwealth’s Health Department.