Arthrex Inc. (Naples, FL) announced plans to build a state-of-the-art surgical device and implant manufacturing facility in Anderson County, South Carolina. Construction of the $30-million, 200,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2018 with completion by early 2019.
“This investment is part of Arthrex’s global expansion plan to support the growth and development of new and innovative products that help surgeons treat their patients better,” said Andy Owen, Vice President of Manufacturing. “It also represents our continued commitment to manufacturing quality products in the United States.”
The Anderson facility will be Arthrex’s fourth U.S.-based plant. The others are located in Ave Maria, FL; Santa Barbara, CA; and City of Industry, CA.
Specializing in orthopedic product development and medical education for orthopedic surgeons, Arthrex plans to work with Tri-County Technical College in Anderson to develop a strong pipeline of qualified manufacturing personnel, using their in-depth programs and longstanding relationships with institutions like the Clemson University that are dedicated to supporting the manufacturing industry, said the company.
“Arthrex is pleased to bring its innovative spirit and unique culture to South Carolina and we look forward to leveraging the outstanding workforce in the area to prepare future employees for high-level manufacturing jobs,” Owen said.
The construction of the Anderson facility will not affect operations or employees in Southwest Florida or California, and Owen reiterated that Arthrex is committed to further growth, job creation and investment in southwest Florida. This includes a significant expansion project at its corporate headquarters in North Naples scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2018, as well as partnering with community leaders to develop advanced manufacturing training programs in Collier county.