Medical- and pharmaceutical-device contract manufacturer SMC Ltd. has acquired custom injection molder Stoesser-Gordon Plastics from Stoesser Industries Inc. Terms were not disclosed.
Somerset, Wis.-based SMC has 11 other facilities in the Midwest and the East, as well as in India. The addition of Stoesser-Gordon's site in Santa Rosa, Calif., gives it a West Coast presence for molding and finished device manufacturing.
The Stoesser-Gordon operation gives SMC another option to offer manufacturing close to client locations, said SMC President Chetan Patel.
Stoesser-Gordon employs 130 and occupies 62,000 square feet of space. It operates 38 presses with clamping forces of 20-550 tons for thermoplastic injection and insert molding, and two other presses for compression molding. The company has a 1,200-square-foot Class 10,000, or Class 7, clean room and has ISO 13485 and 9001 certification.
SMC said Bob Stoesser, Ralph Gatto and Claire Werner, the management team for Stoesser-Gordon, plan to stay. Stoesser has been president for marketing and engineering, Gatto president of finance and operations, and Werner vice president of finance.
``Our customers have asked us to enhance our global footprint and technological advancements,'' Stoesser said in a news release.
Focused on medical devices and biomedical products, Stoesser-Gordon had injection molding sales of $12.4 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2007, according to Plastics News' most recent survey of North American injection molders.
Stoesser-Gordon established an alliance with injection molder Electro Plast SA of Heredia, Costa Rica, in 2003. Stoesser-Gordon validates programs, builds molds and transfers technology to Electro Plast, which molds medical components.
SMC and Stoesser-Gordon did not reveal how SMC might manage that alliance in the future.
Stoesser Industries acquired Gordon Manufacturing Co. in 2002, and the merged operation was located in Santa Rosa. The late William F. Stoesser founded Stoesser Industries as a tool and die shop in 1947. Bob Stoesser and Claire Werner are two of his children.
The acquisition is SMC's fourth in 22 months. SMC added Innovend LLC of Leominster, Mass., in January 2008; Cycles Inc. of Sterling, Mass., in March 2007; and Laxmi Electronics Moulds & Precision Engineering Pvt. Ltd. of Bangalore, India, in November 2006.
SMC was founded in 1988 as Scientific Molding Corp. Ltd.