Hill-Rom lays off 160 in streamlining

Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., the giant hospital equipment maker, said today it has laid off 160 workers across its global operations, including about 50 at its headquarters in Batesville.

The layoff amounts to fewer than 3 percent of Hill-Rom’s work force. Most were managers.

The Batesville office attracts many workers from Indianapolis and Cincinnati, said spokeswoman Lauren Green-Caldwell, although she said the impact on Indianapolis-area workers wasn’t immediately available.

Hill-Rom said it would continue filling positions in research and development and in sales and marketing.

Hill-Rom was part of Batesville-based Hillenbrand Industries Inc. until April 1, when Hillenbrand spun off its casket-making business as Hillenbrand Industries Inc.

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