As we come to the close of a year, I thought it would be nice to share with you a bit of a review on some of the progress that Biomerics has seen and how that positions us for increased growth and strength moving into 2018.
The first part of the year saw the acquisition of two new departments to the Biomerics family of companies, including Biomerics Advanced Extrusion and Advanced Laser to our facility in Brooklyn Park, MN. These two new divisions have seen consistent growth since the beginning of the year, and as more and more people understand our level of quality and expertise, we’ll see those two new divisions grow exponentially.
In early May, our Salt Lake City facility made a major announcement that it would be relocating its current Headquarters to a new building out by the Salt Lake International Airport. The new building will triple the amount of space for the current offices, but also provide for continued growth for the coming years providing space for operating procedures, administration, sterilization and packaging, etc. It is also expected that the new project will add over 380 jobs over the next 8 years to the state of Utah and continue to strengthen our local economy and the Life Science sector. Just as a quick update, this project is in its final stages of demolition and clean up, with construction scheduled to start in a couple of weeks.
Demolition at new building
In July, our Minnesota team greeted more than 200 people to the Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony we held. Guests were welcomed and provided a tour of the new facility and given some insight into our operations and business model. At the end of the tour, guests shared in a plethora of appetizers, drinks, and great networking opportunities.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
We are also happy to mention, as we did a couple of weeks ago, that our Minnesota facility also recently received its ISO 13485 Certification. The process for this type of certification can be very lengthy and it took our team just over a year to complete. For details on this process and what our Quality team learned from this experience, visit our previous blog post.
The last couple of months, we’ve also been very active in our tradeshow participation, too. In early November, members of the Biomerics team took part in the TransCatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Conference in Denver, CO to connect with surgeons, specialists, and others to demonstrate our capabilities as a contract manufacturer and our ability to support medical device entrepreneurs, designers, and developers. A week later, we were in Minneapolis, MN for the annual MD&M show, and then we were in San Jose, CA for the BIOMEDevice show in early December. We had a great turnout at all of the events and were able to connect with many new people and re-connect with current business relationships.
TCT Conference Booth
More recently, Biomerics welcomed our newest employees to the Biomerics team. Please help us in welcoming Brian Curtis as the new VP of Engineering. Brian joins us with a long history of working in the manufacturing and medical device fields. We are excited to see his enthusiasm to engage with our Engineering team and enhance how we do business with our customers.
Overall, 2017 has been very successful and has opened up many new opportunities for the New Year and beyond. This year alone, we’ve seen an increase of 15% growth over last year, and it’s expected to see continued growth throughout the company. We’re excited to manage a number of new projects with our partners and we look forward to producing some great products our customers can be proud of.