High-tech medical device manufacturer coming to town

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A manufacturer of high tech medical devices has chosen Amherstburg as the company’s new home.

Steve Livneh, flanked by members of the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Commission, announced during Monday night’s council meeting that his company is hoping to be operational in the former Nexen building on Thomas Road by the end of the year. Livneh, president and CEO of Dynament Corp., is an Amherstburg resident hoping to bring jobs to the town.

“We like Amherstburg and that’s why we’re here,” said Livneh. “We think this is a nice community.”

Livneh said the community needs jobs and his company will bring high-tech jobs to Amherstburg. They have hired four people already with the potential for 20-35 by the end of 2014. That number could grow to 80 in three years.

Livneh said he was courted by Mayor Wayne Hurst to bring the business to Amherstburg. The company designs, develops and manufactures minimally invasive surgical devices.

“We have been searching for a location to grow our operations.  We have focused on Amherstburg for being the ideal location for our industry, due to its vicinity to the Canada-USA border, reasonable tax base, offering fair cost of living and for being an exemplary safe and friendly community. Once our manufacturing facility is in full production 25 to 30 jobs will be created in the first year, with an additional 10 to 20 created in year two.  We anticipate that by the end of year three there will be a total of 80 jobs, consisting of engineers, technicians, assemblers and quality control staff. The significant guidance and support we have received from the Economic Development Corporation, and officials from the Town of Amherstburg have been central in moving forward with our investment,” said Livneh.

“This is an important industry and we are actively taking steps to strengthen the life sciences sector in the region. This investment fits in very well with the expertise in precision manufacturing and furthers our intention to diversify the Windsor-Essex economy with additional areas of manufacturing.” added Sandra Pupatello, CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation in a press release.

According to an administrative report, the town-owned Thomas Road building, formerly occupied by Nexen, met criteria and specifications outlined by the proponents “and would provide support to current facilities in Ecorse, Michigan and its plant in China, both of which currently provide sub-assembly and a sales centre for global sales.”

“We are very impressed you have selected us,” said Councillor Carolyn Davies.

Davies said it was exciting the company was bringing advanced technologies to town and hoped it would be the start of an “industrial park for the health care industry.”

Councillor Diane Pouget praised the administrative report and was pleased the town is getting a fair market price. She also welcomed Dynament to town, adding the area needs development and jobs.

“I wish you luck and great success,” said Pouget.

Hurst said a lot of work has gone into the company expanding into Amherstburg and that it will create new revenue streams for the municipality.

“We are becoming an attraction to investors and developers alike,” he said.

Hurst added his belief the company will be situated properly in that area as it is clean and not noisy.

“It’s going to be very conducive to the area and the town itself,” the mayor stated.

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