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September 25, 2014

Nypro opens new Devens site, adds 50 jobs

Nypro, of Clinton, opened a new 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Devens on Thursday as the plastics manufacturer turns up the production of products for its health care-industry customers.

The Devens site’s 60,000-square-foot clean room increases the company’s clean room manufacturing space 60 percent, according to the company. Clean room manufacturing reduces potential contamination in final products by isolating the manufacturing space, filtering the air and requiring employees to wear special clothing. The facility will add to work already taking place in Clinton, focusing on injection molding and assembly of medical devices. Nypro will employ 50 people over the next 12 months at the site, with the goal of doubling that count within two years, according to the company.

“This expansion demonstrates Nypro Healthcare’s continued drive for growth and enhanced capabilities,” John Witkowski, Nypro’s general manager, said in a statement.

The company opened the site because there was no room to expand in its longtime Clinton facility, where demand exceeds production capacity, Senior Engineering Project Manager Ken Ducharme said. The Devens site includes temporary workspace for engineers and meeting space for employees, but all engineering and design of products will still take place in Clinton, he said.

In contrast to the Clinton site that is housed in a former Milly building, the open floor planof the building allowed the company to optimize portions of the manufacturing process, Ducharme said, thus increasing efficiency.

Production at the location is scheduled to begin Oct. 14 and run round-the-clock on four shifts. Initially, four injection molders will be operated in Devens, with a goal of running 60, Ducharme said. The Devens site could expand to up to 300 employees in coming years, he said.

Nypro, a subsidiary of Jabil Circuit, based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has signed a 12-year lease for the building, which formerly housed Evergreen Solar.

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