Sporting a new name and a new home in Danvers, Mass., G&F Medical Inc. is boosting its capabilities for medical-device manufacturing and other jobs.
The company, formerly known as UPCOA (Urethane Processing Corp. of America), has moved operations five miles from its former home in Peabody, Mass., to a new leased, 14,500-square-foot facility in Danvers.
We wanted to create a better focus to direct our efforts toward the medical-device market, said John Argitis, president of G&F Industries Inc. of Sturbridge, Mass., the sister company of G&F Medical.
UPCOA was founded in 1986 and does silicone and thermoplastic injection molding, as well as assembly, part design and prototyping. G&F acquired UPCOA in 2007.
The new G&F Medical facility includes a 6,000-square-foot ISO Class 8 clean room, said Nirav Patel, general manager.
Patel said that having a dedicated clean room for the first time opens new opportunities for the company. He said 90 percent of its work is medical-related, but G&F Medical also does some defense-related work.
A lot of customers wouldn't consider putting their products anywhere but a clean room, and in the past we've had to turn down the projects, he said. Now if they want to be in even cleaner space, say ISO Class 7 or 6, we have the flexibility to add modular space.
Patel said the Danvers facility is set up to improve product flow and efficiency. It puts quality control closer to manufacturing and allows for cell structures that place assembly close to molding.
The move allowed G&F Medical to retain all 19 of its full-time employees, he said.
The company is upgrading its machinery and tooling technology. Patel noted that it has 12 injection molding presses with clamping forces up to 110 tons and is planning to add to the mix.
G&F Industries has been in business since 1962, as a contract injection molder.
The company also serves the automotive, safety, consumer and industrial markets.
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