Granite Forge LLC, a contract manufacturer of medical devices, is opening its first operation in Hudson, where it plans to hire 25 employees. Michael Bergeron, business development manager with the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, assisted in Granite Forge in choosing New Hampshire as its location.
Granite Forge, which forges and machines implants for total joint replacement (hips, knees, shoulders), trauma surgery, and extremities such as wrists and ankles, will be a supplier to major orthopedic implant companies in domestic and international markets.
“We have invested significantly in the latest technology in order to provide the highest quality products and service to our customers,” said Chief Commercial Officer Pat O’Neill.
Location was a factor.
“We decided to locate in New Hampshire, near the Massachusetts border, because of the available talent in both states, the proximity to critical suppliers and contractors, and the financial freedom that low tax New Hampshire offers,” said Mel Speidel, chief operating officer and general manager for the Hudson facility.
The new facility is, said President/CEO Greg Davis, a state of the art, 24,000-square-foot plant equipped with the latest machining, finishing and inspection equipment.
“We are looking for experienced CNC machinists, metal finishers, quality inspectors, and press operators,” Davis said. “We are also hoping to partner with local educators to help train and develop the next generation.”
Gary Stavrum, a partner and investor in Granite Forge, sees growing global demand for high quality forged orthopedic implants, and recognizes a need for additional contract manufacturers to support the growth of this market.