California medical firm will open El Coyol plant

Helix Medical, LLC, a manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industries, will soon begin construction on a new medical manufacturing facility in Costa Rica, the firm said Tuesday.

Helix Medical said it signed a leasing agreement in The Coyol Free Trade Zone and Business Park in Alajuela, Costa Rica, just outside of San José. The company will invest more than $4 million in the new plant that will soon employ more than 100 people, Helix Medical said, adding that it expects this new facility to begin production in the first quarter of 2012.

“We chose Costa Rica to be close to our customers in Latin America,” said Andy Becker, vice president and general manager of the firm’s Carpinteria, California, and Costa Rican facilities “The country offers a large medical device community with a skilled workforce as well as a good reputation for security and infrastructure.”

Helix Medical Costa Rica will offer contract manufacturing services which include silicone extrusion, silicone molding, thermoplastic molding, and assembly operations.

Helix Medical makes medical devices and operates pharmaceutical and biotech industries with six manufacturing operations worldwide.

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