- A high level employee at Phillips-Medisize Corp., based in Hudson, WI, calls the company's $30 million announced expansion part of the group's growth plan. VP/GM Global Commercial Division at Phillips-Medisize Rob Werge says the company's medical and consumer product lines are also growing.
The company has annual sales of nearly $600 million with around 75% of the total revenue coming from drug delivery, medical device and diagnostic products such as: disposable insulin pens, glucose meters, specialty inhalation drug delivery devices, single use surgical devices and consumable diagnostic components, according to company data.
Phillips-Medisize employs 285 people at its Phillips facilities, 1,400 people throughout Wisconsin, and more than 3,400 people at 14 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and China.
Werge described the work on the floor at one of the company's facilities in Phillips Wednesday.
"What you are seeing here is a lineup of the injection molding machines, with the robotics on them," Werge said.
The company holds strong roots in the Northwoods. It celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
The $30 million expansion could make its local connection stronger.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which is the state's quasi-public-private job creation agency that replaced the State Commerce Department by Gov. Scott Walker during his first term, will help with as much as $5 million in tax credits. That's if the company creates the 484 jobs its promised. Project leaders feel optimistic.
"It is always a challenge to find good people," Werge said. "But we have done quite well and the people are a big part of our success."
The company could receive those credits over the next 39 months. Phillips-Medisize makes products for their end customers. Werge says those customers are continuing to develop new products, so that is when Phillips-Medisize would partner to help them.
Werge says the company uses newer technology to improve the efficiency of their production processes as well. That means employees need to keep up with the technology as well.
"There is a tremendous amount of skill that is needed throughout the operation, from processing and engineering, all the way through tool building to tool maintenance," Werge said.
The statewide expansion project calls for a 33,000-square-foot addition at Phillips-Medisize's medical facility in New Richmond, as well as an expansion to a facility in Menomonie. In Phillips, Werge says they already have space for more workers.
"We are growing here in Phillips, and expect to continue to grow," Werge said.
The company and the community hope that means more opportunity and more jobs.
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