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Saint-Gobain acquires Twin Bay

By: Roger Renstrom

December 17, 2012

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., based in Aurora, Ohio, acquired Twin Bay Medical Inc. of Williamsburg, Mich., on Nov. 30.

Terms were not disclosed.

Al Werth founded the business in 2000 and was the principal seller. Saint-Gobain retains the innovative Werth as a long-term consultant.

Twin Bay Medical and the Saint-Gobain operation have operated as partners for more than 10 years, said Robert Schwenker, business manager for the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics health-care markets. Twin Bay Medical has fewer than 100 employees.

Twin Bay Medical deals primarily with single-use components for biopharmaceutical fluid-handling products. Proprietary BarbLock-brand flexible tube retainers feature a 360-degree radial crimp behind the barb.

A BarbLock can replace a hose clamp or cable-tie and is useful in medical, industrial, pharmaceutical and automotive applications, according to the company.

Twin Bay Medical offers computer-aided design and finite element analysis validation from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. of Waltham, Mass. Twin Bay Medical also offers 3-D printing utilizing fused deposition modeling technology from Stratasys Inc., use of deionized water for ultrasonic cleaning processes and electric injection molding equipment from Arburg GmbH + Co. KG.

Twin Bay has tooling design, building and testing capabilities, a Class 10,000 assembly area and three clean room suites with classifications ranging from Class 100,000 to Class 1,000.

Paris-based parent firm Cie. de Saint-Gobain is a major manufacturer of products for the building and construction market.