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Oliver-Tolas Expands U.S. Production Facility to Meet Demand from Medical Device Customers

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 12, 2012 — Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging has announced a $1.3 million investment in its U.S. facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. The upgrade includes an addition of 40,000 sq ft to the existing 140,000 sq ft of production space, new cleanroom installations and the modernization and expansion of its Packaging Development and Technology Center. The new manufacturing space allows Oliver-Tolas to enhance its workflow, expand its cleanroom and meet growing demand for Xhale hot melt adhesive-coated packaging, the company said in a press release.

Oliver-Tolas installed its first cleanroom at the Grand Rapids facility in 2005, producing Osurance zone-coated lids and several specialty medical packaging products in an ISO Class 7 cleanroom. With the 2012 expansion, the balance of Oliver-Tolas’s Xhale lids will be produced in an ISO Class 8 cleanroom. There are also plans to install cleanroom capabilities for pouch production at Grand Rapids and its sister facility in Feasterville, Pa. The Venray facility in the Netherlands already produces lids and pouches in an ISO Class 8 cleanroom.

“For many years, we have been serving a specialised customer base that values sterile-grade materials produced in a cleanroom,” said Jeff Murak, VP of sales and marketing. “Now that customer base is growing to include a broad base of medical device manufacturers and we are excited to be expanding our cleanroom capabilities to meet the growing demand.”

Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging manufactures sterile-grade medical device packaging and pharmaceutical packaging for customers around the world. In addition to three manufacturing facilities in the United States and one in the Netherlands, Oliver-Tolas operates sales offices throughout the United States and Europe and in Suzhou, China.

Source: medtechinsider.com

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