Biomerics LLC recently opened a 10,000-square-foot addition that includes an ISO Class 8 clean room. It also spent $1.5 million on new machinery.
The company doubled its clean room space, according to Troy Mohr, Biomerics' vice president of business development, and boosted the size of its overall facility to 85,000 square feet.
“We have the ability to have material polymerization and compounding in one room with full injection molding and assembly in the second room,” Mohr said in a telephone interview.
He said Biomerics also invested in machinery, including two new presses for the clean room. There is also a Motan automated material-handling system in place, as well as new compounding lines for medical and pharmaceutical applications.
The expansion was managed by Entelen LLC, a Salt Lake City-based design and construction company that specializes in clean manufacturing facilities.
Biomerics started in 1994 as Utah Plastics Group, changing its name in 2008.
During the last three years the company has focused more on the medical-device and life-science industries. The firm is able to make biomedical materials and do compounding, and later do injection molding or extrusion, as well as assembly.
Last year, the company launched a new polyimide medical tubing and coated-wire production line to produce components used in medical devices such as cardiovascular catheters and angioplasty stent delivery devices.
Biomerics works a great deal with original equipment manufacturers as a contract manufacturer.
Overall, it employs 60, having added 15 jobs in the last quarter. The company plans to hire as many as 20 more people in the coming year.
Biomerics said a big reason for the expansion is Utah's focus on life sciences, which includes the recent passage of the state's Technology and Life Sciences Economic Development Act.