NP Medical Inc. is stepping out of the shadow of parent Nypro Inc. with the recent grand opening of 20,000 square feet of ISO Class 8 clean room space, a project that cost nearly $5 million.
NP Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nypro, has been around for more than 25 years but has operated out of the confines of its parent's headquarters plant in Clinton. Now, it has a place of its own across the street.
Certainly the center provides an identity for the company, NP President Boris Levin said at the Aug. 26 opening.
The company designs, develops and delivers proprietary products for fluid management for most medical-device makers, he said. Its products are well-known in the sector, and now NP Medical is looking to build brand recognition. The company goes by the motto: Making products that transform the way patients receive life-saving medications.
NP Medical's business includes in-line check valves, as well as other valves, intravenous filtration components and accessories. Its components are found in most emergency rooms across the country.
Our plan is to double the business in three years, Levin said, noting that the unit expects to grow through expansion and by acquisition.
Levin would not provide sales figures for the unit. Ted Lapres, president and CEO of Nypro Inc., said NP Medical is part of the plan for expanding Nypro's health-care business to 40 percent of the parent company's total sales.
NP Medical has doubled its research and development spending in the past three years, Levin said. The company is making new products and finding new markets. One growth area is in products that minimize the spread of infection. The firm's components are also used in oncology and other critical-care areas.
Quality is so important in the market. We can grow, but we have to back it up, Levin said.
Larry Dube, senior operations director for NP Medical, said the expansion took about two years. The company gutted a brick mill and retrofitted the space. Nypro needed the local historical society to sign off on the changes, and it also needed some infrastructure work outside prior to the development.
The new setup puts most operations in a single, three-floor building. Nypro has operations on the first floor, while NP Medical stores materials and finished goods on the second floor. The clean room is on the third floor and there is a special elevator between floors to ensure there is no contamination.
The new setup also enables NP Medical to test products in the same building where the parts are produced. The firm has 110 employees on-site.
The company has been around for 25 years, but now we're really taking the next step to grow, Dube said.
Most of its operations are automated and the company has about 20 machines in the clean room. NP Medical also has operations in Puerto Rico and Singapore.
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