|By Business Wire||
|June 20, 2014 02:40 PM EDT||
A $1.4 million dollar investment is expected to create an additional 50 new jobs over the next five years as medical device manufacturer Rhythmlink International, LLC announces a major expansion of its Richland County facility at 1140 First Street South in the Columbia Industrial Park. The expansion will include a world class automated packaging line in a new 1,500 square foot ISO 8 Certified, Class 100,000 cleanroom.
When Rhythmlink was founded 12 years ago, it started out manufacturing its medical devices at a facility in China. Now Rhythmlink is expanding its design and distribution headquarters in South Carolina to include manufacturing. With growing labor and cost of living increases in China, it is the right time to move production to the United States. Rhythmlink product made in the USA will be available for sale in mid to late 2015.
“As Rhythmlink continues to grow, we keep looking for ways to stay competitive,“ said Michael O’Leary, chief operating officer. “After careful analysis, it made sense to take some of our production processes out of our facility in China and move them closer to home. We looked at Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and even a couple of other states. After working with and receiving support from our partners at the State of South Carolina, Richland County and Capital Bank, in the end it was less expensive and clearly more practical to invest in automation for a new packaging line right here in our own facility in Columbia. We’re very excited about our new expansion in Columbia and thrilled that Rhythmlink can add new jobs in South Carolina.”
Integral to bringing overseas manufacturing to Columbia and to meet a growing demand, automation will allow Rhythmlink better quality control, customer service and improved ability to bring products to market faster. This project will reduce costs and allow Rhythmlink to compete in existing markets and enter new markets more quickly.
Rhythmlink International is a medical device manufacturing company specializing in devices that help connect patients to machines to record or elicit physiologic information. Rhythmlink designs, manufactures and distributes a variety of medical devices for intraoperative neuromonitoring, electroencephalography, evoked potentials, polysomnography, long-term monitoring epilepsy and critical care units. Founded by neurodiagnostic technicians and engineers in 2002, Rhythmlink enhances patient care worldwide by transforming medical device technology that links patients to equipment. Rhythmlink also offers custom packaging, custom products, private labeling and contract manufacturing services.