A medical device company is more than doubling its operations outside Louisville, Ky., with a major expansion effort.
Isopure Corp., which makes concentrate mixing and water filtration medical devices used by dialysis patients, plans to build a 56,000-square-foot facility in Simpsonville. The $5.3 million facility will support the company's receiving, manufacturing and national shipping operations and create 30 full-time jobs when construction is complete early next year. Simpsonville is already home to Isopure's headquarters, with 22 employees.
The growth comes out of an upgrade to two of the company's five U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved devices. The redesigned machines, three years in the making, are some of the most advanced hemodialysis equipment available, said Isopure President and CEO Kevin Gillespie. The equipment records what concentrates were mixed, when, by whom and more.
“Everything is documented,” he said. “That's what makes our machines unique to anything else on the market.”
While the new facility will not house any injection or rotational molding equipment, it will include final assembly, including cutting and welding for some of the machines' plastic parts.
Up to $300,000 in tax incentives has been approved for Isopure from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority and the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, according to a news release from Gov. Steve Beshear (D), and the company will work with the Kentucky Skills Network for no-cost recruitment and reduced-cost customized training for new employees. But the proximity to the Louisville and its UPS global hub continues to provide a major incentive to the company for growing in place, Gillespie said.
“We can get something there as late as 10 p.m. and it will still get to its destination the next day,” he said. “When our customers need equipment or have equipment down, that's very, very important.”