The privately held provider of medical devices and support services has about 700 employees in the area.

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Medical technology company Stryker is buying Redmond-based Physio-Control International Inc. for $1.28 billion, which will help expand its product offerings and broaden its global reach.

Privately held Physio-Control develops, makes and markets monitors/defibrillators, automated external defibrillators, CPR-assist devices and data management and support services. The company, with about  700 employees in the Seattle metro area, had fiscal 2015 sales of $503 million.

The transaction is expected to close at the start of the second quarter.

Stryker Corp. is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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