Polymer Conversions Inc. is expanding its medical device and disposables capability, creating 15,000 square feet of Class 8 clean room space and gearing up to do silicone molding as well.
The 30-year-old company has been planning to add space for about three years, but now the idea is nearing completion. A 22,000-square-foot addition, which includes the clean room space, is about 80 percent finished, according to Chief Operating Officer Ben Harp.
We designed it to fit 16 injection molding presses, but as a contract manufacturer it is being prepared for either injection molding or assembly equipment, Harp said in a June 15 telephone interview.
Orchard Park, N.Y.-based Polymer Conversions first announced it was planning to add space in mid-2006, but the effort was stymied by many factors, including utility costs and dealings with various state and local agencies. The slowing economy also provided reason for caution.
Harp said that the design has changed a few times during the process, but that it should be done by the end of the year.
We've always anticipated and developed clean room capability into our expansion, he said.
PCI is not new to the medical world, as it has been using eight portable clean rooms that vary from Class 7 to Class 8 status.
They've been used extensively and that's what drove us to draw the clean room into the expansion, he said.
Harp added that most of PCI's customers are health-care related and many use silicone molding. It's a natural fit for us to offer it to our customers, he added.
PCI employs 80 and has specialized in tight-tolerance medical devices, medical components, biometric devices and turnkey services since it started in 1979. It has 22 injection molding machines with clamping forces of 30-390 tons. The company offers design, decorating, assembly, custom automation and packaging.
We're proud to be able to do work for customers who make products that make a difference in people's lives, Harp said.
PCI is a member of MedTech, a not-for-profit trade association for bioscience companies in upstate New York. MedTech promotes the commercialization of medical products by providing education and networking among members.