C. Brewer Co. of Anaheim is integrating a recently acquired operation in Ontario, Calif. The company is introducing C. Brewer-oriented culture to the plant, as well as cavity-sensor and scientific molding practices.
C. Brewer bought the assets of the former Kipp Group plant from CareFusion Corp. and took charge of the location Nov. 22, said Chuck Brewer III, CEO of C. Brewer. Terms were not disclosed.
The Ontario site has 17 Engel, Nissei, Sumitomo and Toyo injection molding machines with clamping forces ranging from 55-260 tons. The plant, which is ISO 13485-certified, also has a Class 8 clean room, and is running around the clock on a five-day schedule.
By March 1, it will be 24/7, Brewer said. The entire site is dedicated to molding and assembly of medical devices.
With the addition, custom injection molder C. Brewer now has three California plants in Anaheim, Irvine and Ontario. The company employs more than 300, occupies about 135,000 square feet of space and operates more than 75 presses.
C. Brewer had 2010 sales of about $35 million, primarily in the medical, biotechnology, recreational sports and automotive markets.
CareFusion wanted the Maximus [finished intravenous therapy] product line and was not interested in Medegen's medical manufacturing. But, Brewer said, We needed the capacity.
C. Brewer brought automation in-house several years ago and has made a huge investment in automation technology to differentiate itself in the market, he said.
The Ontario plant's possession has changed hands frequently. Ownership and operating identity of the Ontario site transitioned from the Kipp family to Synetic Inc. in January 1999. WebMD Corp.'s Porex Holdings Inc. unit acquired the plant in September 2000. Medegen Holdings LLC took over in August 2003, and CareFusion in May 2010.
CareFusion paid $224 million for Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Medegen. Cardinal Health Inc. of Dublin, Ohio, spun off its CareFusion subsidiary, forming a publicly traded, San Diego-based corporation in August 2009.