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Kennewick business breaks ground on new R&D building

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Dozens gathered today to celebrate the growth of an international business that started in Kennewick more than 30 years ago.

Cadwell Laboratories held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new 21,000 square foot Research and Development center.  Cadwell makes neurological equipment that helps diagnose problems with the nervous system, like back pain, carpel tunnel and sleep apnea. Their products are distributed nationwide and in 41 countries.

The owner says he's glad to expand at a time manufacturing jobs are shrinking.

"right now, we employ about 125 people and this new building is going to allow us to add probably 30-50 more employees. We have some other areas we're moving into, in terms of therapy for sleep apnea.  This will be another large area of growth for the company," says Carl Cadwell, one of the owners.