Nolato Medical Solutions, an injection molder and contract manufacturer of silicone and plastic components as well as finished devices for the medical and pharmaceutical industries, announced the opening of a new 27,000-square-foot facility at its Baldwin, WI, campus. The new building is an addition to the existing 100,000-square-foot facility, representing an $18 million development and the first of three additional planned expansions.
The expansion includes two 5,000-square-foot Class 8 cleanrooms capable of housing 22 injection molding machines ranging in clamping forces from 40 to 400 tons with full assembly lines. One of the cleanrooms has already been exclusively sold to an existing customer, said Nolato. The new addition opened on April 10, 2019, adding nearly 75 new employees to the company’s payroll.
A unique feature of the facility is a fully staffed healthcare clinic, which is open five days a week, offering primary care assistance to Nolato employees in partnership with three other employers in the local community. “Not only does the new building deliver a perspective of permanence in our community but the goal is to become a more valuable employer to the community by providing primary care to all employees, regardless if they’re on the company insurance plan,” said Nolato Medical Solutions’ President and Managing Director Russell Steele. “Maintaining a healthy workforce translates to retaining a happier workforce committed to the Nolato vision,” Steele said. “Due to the cost of healthcare, our employees often won’t access medical treatment until it’s a major issue; therefore, the initial care provides proactive remedies for our team,” added Steele.
Environmental considerations informed the construction of the plant. Sustainability-minded features include floor finishes that require less repainting than conventional surfaces and a reduction of electrical loads by using point-of-use chilling systems instead of a central system. The new facility also uses a custom free-cooling system for the central water supply. “The advanced technologies on the production floor will increase our internal efficiencies, which will improve our responsiveness to customers’ needs while expanding capabilities from our value streams for finished medical device projects from design development, production and assemblies,” said Medical Solutions’ Business Development Director Mattias Persson.
Nolato operates 20 production sites in Europe, Asia and North America dedicated to three customer-focused business areas: Medical Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Integrated Solutions. The company’s global headquarters is in Torekov, Sweden.