With an investment of $2 million over the past two years, PMC LLC is building its PMC Medical division to add more medical-device work.
``Our medical business is growing significantly. The rest of the business is holding steady with the economy,'' said Lisa Jennings, president of PMC LLC, in a recent telephone interview.
PMC Medical recently gained ISO 13486:2003 certification and is targeting the surgical-device and implantable biomaterial markets. Its products are used in orthopedic, spine, cardiology and other such applications.
The Cincinnati-based company put up a Class 100,000 clean room along white-room space at its manufacturing plant in Shelbyville, Ind.
It also installed two all-electric Milacron Roboshot presses with clamping forces of 33 and 110 tons and plans to add another sometime this year.
``We are in process of exploring Class 10,000 for some implantable devices,'' Jennings said.
The Shelbyville facility has 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space and includes a toolroom. Overall, it operates 40 presses, the largest of those at 400 tons of clamping force.
Manufacturing director Lowell Green served as general contactor in construction of the clean room, which is modular and expandable.
PMC has focused, in the past, on commercial electronics and automotive work. It specializes in high-temperature specialty materials such as polyetheretherketone, and also has done many metal-to-plastic conversions.
Jennings said PMC's work with high-temperature materials, insert molding and assembly has led to inquiries about medical work.
Jennings said the company's systems and processes have been valuable assets in adding the new work. PMC stresses its quality systems and has a proprietary PMC Smart Solutions system.
She said that moving into medical work meant hiring experienced staff and adding extensive training.
``Our approach at PMC was to develop all these things and build a resume before approaching the medical community,'' said Jennings, who is the fourth generation family member to lead the firm.
Jennings' great-grandfather Ed Gerdes founded the firm in 1929 with Joe Merke. Her father, Thom Gerdes, is chairman.
PMC also does manufacturing in San Jose Iturbide, Mexico, and Wiesau, Germany.