Construction is almost complete on a state-of-the-art catheter manufacturing facility in Arden Hills, MN, Zeus announced today. The on-site capabilities across R&D, design, and development will advance catheter innovation and strengthen strategic partnerships with OEMs and medical device customers, said Zeus, a global polymer extrusion specialist and catheter design manufacturer.
"The Minnesota facility is an important step in our geographic expansion for several reasons," said Zeus CEO and President Steve Peterson. "The state has a long track record in medical device innovation, and locating closer to customers will support deeper collaboration across early-stage catheter design and development. Furthermore, this facility allows us to scale catheter manufacturing significantly to meet growing global customer and market demand."
Scheduled to open this summer, the 75,600-square-foot facility includes an advanced R&D lab and cleanroom equipped with the latest technologies to design, develop, and validate new catheter prototypes in industry-best lead times. It also brings additional capabilities in house to Zeus, including laser cutting, ablation, and welding.
The new facility also represents a building block for future strategic collaborations between the company’s catheter and polymer customers, enabling industry-defining catheter innovation going forward, said Suresh Sainath, general manager of Zeus’ catheter solutions division. The facility will be FDA registered and certified to ISO 13485: 2016.
As well as proximity to current customers, the Arden Hills, MN, location was selected for its easy access to local transportation and amenities for the company's expanding workforce. Zeus said it expects to create more than 100 new jobs at the plant and will be hiring engineers, project managers, technicians, and product builders in the coming years.
Headquartered in Orangeburg, SC, Zeus embarked in July 2022 on a multi-million-dollar project to expand catheter manufacturing capacity worldwide. At that time, the first phase of the expansion program was already underway at the company's San Jose location in California, where it increased its footprint by 127% to 32,000 square feet.