Medical device manufacturer selects W.Pa. for new plant
By Alex Nixon
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 5:40 p.m.
A fast-growing manufacturer of components for medical devices and surgical instruments is expanding its business with a new operation in Cranberry.
Cadence Inc., based in Staunton, Va., said it will build a “clean-room” assembly area in leased space in the Cranberry Business Park.
The facility is expected to open during the first quarter next year and eventually employ about 60 workers. With special air-handling equipment and procedures, a clean room is used to assemble and package sterilized medical equipment.
“Pittsburgh was chosen for Cadence's newest facility because of the availability of employees with specialized medical device knowledge and experience,” the privately held contract-manufacturing company said in a statement.
Initially, Cadence will do work for existing customers in other parts of the country, President Alan Connor said. But with Pittsburgh's growing base of medical device companies, Connor said he expects the company to eventually win work for local companies.
“It's good to have another supplier here,” said John Manzetti, CEO of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a South Side organization that provides money and startup assistance for local medical companies.
Western Pennsylvania has a large number of entrepreneurs commercializing new medical devices, Manzetti said, noting that “more than half of the 70 some companies we've funded are medical device companies.”
Connor, who was born in Pittsburgh and earned an MBA from University of Pittsburgh, worked for Marshall-based Medrad for 10 years before moving to Virginia. Medrad is a medical imaging company and subsidiary of Bayer Corp. in Robinson.
Cadence, which has manufacturing facilities in Rhode Island and Virginia, has increased revenue by 74 percent in the past three years and is adding the clean-room assembly capability to better serve its customers, Connor said.
“Medical device customers are looking to consolidate their supply chains around their most critical and trusted suppliers,” he said.
Connor said he has hired four people for the Cranberry operation so far, including its general manager Marc Mabie.
Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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