Anticipating growth in the medical device industry, local manufacturing companies are making a bid for more business by expanding their facilities.
This month, manufacturer Diversified Plastics Inc. announced plans to expand its Brooklyn Park location by an additional 10,000 square feet. At the end of June, Rogers-based Metro Mold & Design opened a $5.2 million headquarters for its medical device manufacturing division in Brooklyn Park.
The local manufacturing expansions are part of a shift in the market place as medical device giants like Boston Scientific and Medtronic outsource some of their manufacturing to local companies, a move which allows the larger companies to invest in new product development and in expanding global markets, according to Shaye Mandle of LifeScience Alley, a trade association representing life science businesses throughout Minnesota.
"It's a way for them to kind of invest in expansion without putting heavy dollars into large manufacturing facilities," said Mandle. "It's part of the overall process for them of looking to cut costs in places where they can."
That moves benefits smaller manufacturing companies like Diversified Plastics Inc. The $10 million employee-owned business is a custom injection molder that creates high-precision components or parts for a number of different industries including medical device, aerospace and automotive.
Diversified's Sales Engineer Joni Davis said the company has seen double digit growth in the medical device area of its business.
The company's nearly 10,000 square feet expansion this fall will accomodate the expected growth in the medical device production arena. The move is also expected to create some job growth. Diversified Plastics currently has about 50 employees.
"It's great to be in that field right now, you look at the industries that are really growing, you will always need medical devices," said Davis. "We want to take it to the next level."
Alexandra Renslo reporting
Monday, August 27, 2012