Oliver-Tolas® Healthcare Packaging recently celebrated the expansion of its adhesive coating operation in Hamilton, OH with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The additional capacity will support increasing demand for the company’s heat-seal healthcare packaging materials.
The expansion includes an additional high-speed coating line to manufacture the company’s SealScience® heat-seal coatings for sterile-grade packaging materials. “We are excited to enhance the value we deliver to our customers.” said Jerry Bennish, President and CEO. “Quality, cleanliness, continuity of supply and controlling costs are of utmost importance to healthcare manufacturers. Our recent investments will ensure we are exceeding customer expectations in these areas.” The new coating line includes a sophisticated vision system for detecting defects and a number of automated process monitoring controls.
In order to serve the industry’s demanding regulatory requirements; the company developed a robust validation plan that will provide customers ample time to evaluate products produced on the new line.
“Producing high-quality heat-seal coated products for the healthcare market is extremely demanding. Our customers deliver life-saving products and we share a responsibility to ensure patient safety with safe and effective packaging materials. In order to serve our customers and employees, we decided to invest in our talented people in Hamilton, OH” says Russell Douglas, Global VP of Operations. The facility has been operational since 1992. Russell adds, “The new equipment will provide additional capacity and redundancy in our operation. This is one of many proactive steps we take to insulate our customers from the risk of supply interruptions.”
Oliver-Tolas manufactures heat-seal coatings using two technology platforms, Xhale® and SealScience®. Both technologies are converted into pouches, printed roll stock and lids in Michigan, Pennsylvania, The Netherlands and China.
This expansion comes two years after Oliver-Tolas made significant investments on three continents. Oliver-Tolas expanded the operation in Feasterville, PA doubling the campus; expanded clean room manufacturing in the Venray, The Netherlands facility; and opened a distribution and converting facility with a registered ISO 8 cleanroom in Suzhou, China.
Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging is a leading supplier of sterile-grade die-cut lid, roll stock, and pouch products to the medical device and pharmaceutical markets. Manufacturing operations are located in Grand Rapids, MI; Feasterville, PA; Hamilton, OH; Venray, The Netherlands and Suzhou, China. Sales offices are located throughout the United States, Europe and in Suzhou, China.