Spectrum Plastics completes 100,000-square-foot expansion at Utah facility

A contract manufacturer serving the medical technology industry, Spectrum Plastics Group (Alpharetta, GA) announced today completion of the expansion of its Sandy, UT operation. The company has now doubled the site’s footprint and established a 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to medical extrusion operations and full-scale catheter sub-assembly and manufacture.

Spectrum Plastics new gowning area
A view of the new gowning area at Spectrum Plastics' Sandy, UT, plant.

The former headquarters of Apollo Medical Extrusion, now part of Spectrum Plastics Group, the Utah facility has been designated a center of excellence for Spectrum’s Vascular Technologies division. Apollo is now the advanced extrusion technology brand of Spectrum Plastics and represents industry-leading, quick-turn and custom tight tolerance microbore and multi-lumen extrusion, said the company in a news release.

The facility currently features 15,000 square feet of new Class 7 cleanroom space for the production of complex catheter sub-assemblies; a dedicated area for the Apollo Space Camp experience and training; and new braiding, coiling, reflow, tipping and flaring catheter development equipment. A state-of-the-art extrusion line with advanced controls and equipment is suited for the production of small to medium-sized runs of drawn polymer monofilament, predominantly aimed at braiding applications for MRI-safe catheters. Spectrum Plastics said that it will be able to bring its extensive material extrusion experience to this growing monofilament application.

The company projects that the expansion will create more than 100 new jobs for operators, technicians and engineers.

“This expansion is instrumental to accommodating the growth we’ve had while maintaining our excellent quality, service and lead times,” said Matt Bills, Senior Vice President for Spectrum Plastics’ Vascular Technologies division and co-founder of Apollo Medical Extrusion, in a prepared statement. “Our top priorities have always been industry innovation and improving the customer medical device development experience. With this expansion, we will better serve our customers’ long-term catheter manufacturing needs,” added Bills.

An open house is planned for next spring, but Spectrum Plastics encourages customers to visit the newly expanded facility in the meantime.

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