Production has begun at a new medical tubing plant in Chattanooga, where officials hope to grow the business to more than 80 employees over the next four years.
Confluent Medical Technologies, a medical device manufacturer that already operates half a dozen facilities in the United States and Costa Rica, took over the former Mahindra Tractor plant in Riverport South Industrial Park last year and is investing $ 8.3 million in modernization of the 46,300 square meter building. Foot station for the manufacture of medical devices and tubing used in the growing field of non-evasive cardiovascular and other cardiovascular treatments.
Confluent produces medical tubing, textiles and other devices for manufacturers of stints, catheters, balloons and guidewires.
“Having a strong manufacturing base here in the US is critical to supporting our growing customer base,” said Dean Schauer, CEO of Confluent, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. “Combine the capabilities of this new location with our complex catheter offerings from our location in Austin, Texas, and with Confluent Medical you have a powerful partner who can support you with your catheter shaft requirements.”
Confluent chose the seven-year-old former tractor factory because of its seven-foot-high ceilings required for the ovens used to make the medical tubing, the local talent familiar with the filmcast production technology, and the incentives of the state of Tennessee around the world Attracting medical device makers to Chattanooga.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who announced the deal last December to bring Confluent to the Riverport site, said the state would provide $ 750,000 in assistance if the company honors its commitment, over 8 by 2025 Investing millions of dollars and creating over 80 jobs. Lee said landing Confluent’s Chattanooga manufacturing facility “solidifies our reputation as a leader in the medical research and life sciences industries.”
About Confluent Medical Technology
Annual sales: $ 250 million
Employee: 1,700, including 15 in Chattanooga
Products: Precision alloy tubing, medical catheter systems, balloon catheters, biomedical textiles
Patents: More than 120
Chattanooga facility: Located on Riverside Lane in the Chattanooga Riverport Industrial Park, the 46,300 square meter warehouse and facility will initially use filmcast technology to manufacture medical tubing for catheters. The company plans to spend $ 8.3 million and employ more than 80 people in five years.
Other locations: Scottsdale, Arizona (headquarters); Austin, Texas (R&D Center), Fremont, California; Laguna Niguel, California; Windham, Maine; Warwick, Rhode Island; Costa Rica
Source: Confluent Medical
Jill Ellison, Vice President of Operations at Confluent, who oversees the company’s Chattanooga and California facilities, said the 10.2 acre site in Chattanooga also offers room for the company to expand in the years to come.
“We are very excited to be in this field and have the talent that we have put together for this facility,” she said. “We see a lot of growth opportunities here.”
Confluent will shortly begin adding what are known as cleanrooms for more production and the new ISO 13485 certification for medical device manufacturing that will be carried out next month.
The first 15 people Confluent hired to commission the system have more than 175 years of experience in the medical technology industry.
Shane Wood, the plant construction manager, and Ben Kegley, the manufacturing engineer, joined Confluent, a pioneer in filmcast medical tubing production technology in Trenton, Georgia, from Integer Holdings.
“As the medical market shifts to higher quality devices, we’re doing some non-contact processing things here that our competitors can’t, and we’re working on processes that will allow us to get higher quality products to market faster than our competitors said wood. “This new company gives us as engineers some real opportunities to develop better systems.”
Confluent specializes in vascular implantable nitinol, implantable textiles, balloon catheters, and complex catheters. Capabilities at this new location include PTFE liners, polyimide tubing, multilayer composite tubing (braided and non-braided), and coated wire.
With the introduction of filmcast technology, Confluent is strengthening its vertically integrated supply chain by offering thin-walled, tight-tolerant engineering pipes.
“We are excited to offer our customers the best lead times in the medical polymer tubing industry,” said Shauer.
Contact Dave Flessner at [email protected] or at 423-757-6340.