With Atek Medical's 35,000-square-foot plant in Heridia, Costa Rica, nearing capacity after just one year of operation, the prospects for a small expansion there look good, said David Mabie, vice president of business development.
We have room for a 5,000-square-foot module expansion, which we will most likely kick off this year, Mabie said at Medical Design & Manufacturing West, held Feb. 10-12 in Anaheim. We filled up the clean room facility in the first 12 months.
The firm has aggressive plans for the medical market, he said.
The Costa Rica plant, the firm's first outside the U.S., began operations in January 2008. The facility includes a 10,000-square-foot Class 10,000 clean room and manufactures Class II finished medical devices, such as guide catheters and tube sets used in open heart surgery for transferring blood to and from heart machines for oxygenation.
All the products that are going to be manufactured [in Costa Rica] are for the U.S. and Europe, said Mabie. Between 90-95 percent of Atek Medical's customers are U.S.-based.
In addition to disposal medical devices for cardiovascular and spinal surgeries, Atek makes Class III implantable devices and medical equipment.
The company's sales, estimated at $70 million, have been growing 15-20 percent annually for the past three years. Its 100,000-square-foot headquarters plant in Grand Rapids employs 285, and includes a Class 10,000 clean room of 14,000 square feet.
Atek Medical was formed from the assets of Medtronic Inc.'s cardiac surgery unit, which Atek Cos. of Minneapolis acquired in 2003.