Baxter International Inc. said it plans to expand its dialyzer manufacturing facility in Opelika, Ala., to help address the growing global demand for dialyzers.

Baxter will invest nearly $300 million in the Opelika site to add 230,000 square feet and several production lines. The company currently employs about 170 people at the facility, and said it anticipates it will begin the hiring process of the additional 200 workers in 2016 to support the expansion, which is when the first commercial production on the new lines is slated to begin.

"In addition to supporting a greater number of patients having access to therapy, the expansion is an investment in the communities where our employees live and work," said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter.  "The collaboration with Governor Robert Bentley, Mayor Gary Fuller and the many other local officials was a key component of our expansion plan."