Founded in 1964, Covidien is one of the leading manufacturers of wound closure products and advanced surgical devices in the world. It operates the Auto Suture Division, which offers a range of surgical devices and laparoscopic instrumentation for general and specialty procedures. The parent company also manages the Syneture Division. Covidien offers products under the brand names of Autosuture, Devon, Kendall, Mallinckrodt, Nellcor, Puritan Bennett, Syneture and Valleylab. It operates more than 60 manufacturing facilities worldwide. The company works with a team of over 41,000 employees in nearly 55 countries. Covidien serves the health care needs of hospitals, long-term care facilities and clinics.